Best Tropical fish for planted Tanks

The Key To A Successful Planted Fish Tank Aquarium

planted-tank-5When we think of a fish tank, we often think of the clue that is in the name – fish! However it is becoming more and more popular in the hobby to turn a fish tank in to a planted fish tank where the key and focus of the tank are the plants rather than the fish. This doesn’t mean you just fill a tank full of the same plant and it is done, there is a fine art to aquascaping a planted fish tank and having fish in there is also just as essential.

A planted fish tank should be thought of as a work of art and optical illusion. Most hobbyists will aim to create such an illusion of turning what is almost a 2 dimensional landscape in to a 3 dimensional one. I know you are thinking you can’t get a 2 dimensional fish tank but if you put the same plants in a row at the back, the middle and the front then you would quickly appreciate what I mean. Although such levels should be built up, the trick to making a tank look realistic and a snap shot of mother nature is to mix up what is in each level.

It is quite common to build a pathway in to a planted tank and make this a winding pathway, this is a good way to break up the 2 dimensional look which we’re trying to avoid. Another method is to introduce levels within the tank so on one side of the pathway you might have a piece of rockwork or bogwood/Mopani wood which will give added depth too.

We have put together a range of plant profiles so you can see which plants are most suited to different areas of the aquarium, this isn’t to say this is set in stone though but if you put a load of background plants at the front of a tank then you will be blocking out everything behind it and it may look unnatural.

Some planted tanks can look unnatural anyway though and there is an argument to say that mother nature isn’t as uniform as top aquascapers make their tanks look however we have to consider what we are doing here, trying to replicate mother nature or create a work of art and I’m sure most aquascapers would say both but I’d be tempted to say it is more like a work of art.

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Like chicodobe said....

by sporestudy

Your tank won't start cycling until you put a fish in it. Once the tank is cycled the Eclipse are the best...good choice! After you put your fish in, only feed it a small amount every other day for about two weeks. The more they eat, the more they poop, the higher the ammonia goes. For the first couple of weeks, you don't have the good bacteria growing yet to break down the ammonia. Ammonia is the number one killer of captive tropical fish. If your tank gets a little cloudy, and you haven't been over feeding, don't panic, it will go away by itself. It's all balance.

Well my tank is currently mid cycle

by jasonsmadre

And I have a hardy single tail goldfish in it. However, I dont suggest cycling it with fish, there's a lot of stress put on the fish and my goldfish has gotten sick three times since I started. Goldfish produce a LOT of ammonia, and are destructive to any live plants in the tank, and they like to 'redecorate'. Also they cannot live in the same environment as tropical fish, as they are a coldwater species and might eat some of the smaller fish if they're big enough. If you really want to do a cycle with a fish you dont plan on keeping, go buy some feeder fish, whatever ones survive the cycle the pet store will probably take back from you when you're ready...

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