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03-09-2013, 03:48 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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- Mar 2013
- Pennsylvania, USA
Advice for setting up new freshwater, tropical, planted tank
Hi. I'm pretty new at this and was wondering what advice someone might have on setting up a new aquarium.
I recently obtained a 29g tank and a heater and would like to set up a freshwater community tropical tank. I'd like to plant the tank, but I don't know what I should do for cycling it.
The end goal would be to have some small schools of smaller fish (guppies/tetras/platties) and a nice planted environment with some driftwood.
Where I am at right now is that I have the tank, filter, heater, hood & light fixture, and a stand. I chose not to buy substrate or plants or decoration until I found out a bit more.
Should I but the plant substrate and plants (plus a plant light) and just put them all in there to cycle the tank? Should I wait until I have my driftwood soaked and ready to put in before cycling? Also, I read somewhere that adding a raw shrimp (from the grocery store) is a good way to have constant levels of ammonia released into the tank. Is this a good fish-less cycling method?
Your advice is greatly appreciated!