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Old 06-21-2012, 12:55 PM   #11 
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what about something like a thread with pictures of eachother's tanks. and a little thing to fill out with information about there tank such as stocking, substrate type, plants, water change schedule, age, If its a natural planted tank or not, Co2, lighting and fertilizers added,
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If you like the first part. If you like it I'll finish the rest with different substrate types. please gives opinions
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:21 PM   #13 
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This is a guide to any type of planted tank, and the different substrates used with the benefits of each one.


The Bare - Bottomed Tank

Plant Selection


Floating Plants
  • Anacharis
  • Hornwort
  • Frogbit
  • Duckweed
Non Substrate Rooted plants


  • Java Fern
  • Anubias Nana


Moss


  • Christmas Moss
  • Java moss
  • Willow moss


Benefits


There are many Benefits to a bare bottomed tank. The Benefits differ between opinion and differ between each person as each person has a different preference in how they want a tank to look or what plants they are limited to. A bare bottomed tank will limit you to only Floating or Non Substrate Rooted Plants which I find con, There are some things I do like about the Bare Bottomed Tank. In My Opinion I think These style tanks are very easy to clean as waste will sit on the bottom of the tank instead of falling in the cracks and crevices of the gravel which in turn, fouls the water, with this style tank you can just simply use a turkey baster or siphon to remove any waste, debris or uneaten food. With a bare bottomed tank you can easily plant are rearrange your aquatic plants without the hassle of constantly uprooting and replanting the plants, In My Experience, tanks with gravel tend to have a betta with ripped edges of there fins as the gravel is sometimes sharp.



Pro's


  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to aquascape with
  • Since there is no substrate the edges of a bettas fins will not rip
  • great for floating plants
  • easy to maintain


Con's


  • Cannot Have certain plants
  • Sometimes waste and debris will become unsightly
  • No substrate can be unsightly to some people, it differs between opinions
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:25 PM   #14 
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Mo, that's great A 'show us your planted tank' thread!

.. would you like to kick that one off?

It''ll need the 'form' to fill out. Maybe a dsclaimer to the effect that any tank with live plants is welcome to be in it..

& a request to resize pics to fit the forum would be awesome.. >< some are so big! they take all day to load...but maybe that bothers just me

I love this idea!

(And yes, that first part is very cool)
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #15 
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Yeah, that would be awesome. I'll kick it off..... Once we have a form
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:32 PM   #16 
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What will we put in it? You suggested:


Substrate type:
Plant species:
Water change schedule:
Age of tank:
Co2:
Lighting
Fertilizers:
Stock:

Anything else? (I think the NPT question goes with 'substrate type', yes?)
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #17 
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I think that that is great! Should I start the thread
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I liked the dimension/volume bit too!
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:37 PM   #19 
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Okay. I'll start it right now!
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:42 PM   #20 
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OldFishLady.. I wondered if you'd do us a step by step 'How To NPT' type thread.. maybe with some pics? If no pics, we can probably dig some up..

That sort of step by step / pictoral guide is really useful.
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