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Old 04-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #1 
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Just finish setting up the new tank. suggestions?

As i posted in a thread a couple of days ago, I got a sweet deal in a 48 gallon tank so i upgraded from my 20 gallon and this is the result

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Any suggestions about backgrounds, decorations, etc....
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:19 AM   #2 
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Looks great! For a background, I would just do a black background with paper, also a suggestion, since its a sorority I would look around for deals on fake plants and even real ones, and plant is a little more!
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:39 AM   #3 
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:53 AM   #4 
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Aren't they platys?

I would suggest a rock wall background, as I think they always look nice and natural. :) Alternatively, a heavily planted river scene can add a lot of depth.

I am a massive fan of heavily decorated/planted tanks, so I would move the castle bridge thing to the middle and make it a focal point, and pack out the sides and backgrounds with lots of silk or live plants. :) Varying heights, with shorter at the front and taller at the back, always look good and add depth. :)
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:00 AM   #5 
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I have 1 male betta, 6 albino cory, 3 spotted cory, 6platy, 3 mystery snails, 3 south american bumblebee catfish.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:13 AM   #6 
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Your tank looks very well!

In My Opinion your tank looks quite bare. I really love the look of moderately-heavily planted tanks and drool over almost every one I see. I would recommend a bit more plants. You cold easily start out with a clump of hornwort, or java moss. And they will spread quickly

As for backrounds I would recommend either a natural rock backround as these are very attractive and look stunning. But 3-D backrounds also minimize the swimming space which lowers the stocking potential. Or maybe a black backround to contrast the bright colored fish and plants.

As for stocking. You stocking has virtually no flaws. The only recommendation that I have is to purchase about 3 more spotted cories so they feel more secure. And will be much more interesting to watch.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:22 AM   #7 
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I live in miami and i have a heater in the tank, water temperature is always 82 and the heater is just in case it gets cold.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:27 AM   #8 
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That is a bit too high for bumblebee catfish. IMO
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #9 
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something i can do to make the water colder?
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:29 AM   #10 
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Not very much. But as long as there are any visible signs of adverse effects on the catfish, then you should be fine. The only side effect is a heightened metabolism level
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