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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    Well.. . you asked for it so don't bite my head off.

    First of all, real coral dissolves and will skyrocket your water hardness and increase PH. Not something you want for a lot of species. If it's artificial you can make it less artificial by adding some moss to it. If it is real coral and you're looking to keep any fish that prefer soft to neutral water then take it out, dry it really well and cover it in epoxy resin.

    The setup looks like a few objects placed into a tank. Nothing really wrong with that but it will always look artifical. Also the main focal points are a piece of coral that sticks out of gravel, not a natural combination, and a blue plastic plant.
    A background can help. Take a black piece of carboard and put it behind the tank to test out the idea.

    The tank as a whole... what would you like to look at?

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    Are a few examples of tanks that are easy to set up and maintain. Any one of these can be easily adapted to the tank you have. But you can also go a totally different route and, for example, collect a bunch of wood and only have some amazon frogbit on top.
    All excellent suggestions.
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    I think I'm going to ditch the coral rock. Get some background plants like corkscrew Val's and amazon swords. Replace the coral rock with either a java moss tree, or a long piece of driftwood for the centerpiece of the tank.

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    To get your stock list under your comments - folks create a signature and put their list there...please do see the signature rules sticky tho, very wordy signatures sometimes break up a page and fill a search with excess unrelated threads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew's_Fish_99 View Post
    Glad you said the red would stand out! I have 10 Cherry barbs, 6 cardinals, 2 Blue Rams, 1 Angelfish, and 1 Bristlenose pleco. How do I list my stock under my comment? I see other people have it but I can't figure out how to do it myself.
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    You've gotten good suggestions. A piece of coral real or fake is out of place in a fresh water tank. salt water tank would be more appropriate for it. Having said that, I'll confess that I had fake coral in my first fresh water tank :o) But not for long LOL

    Since you have a pleco, you need to get some Real driftwood in the tank asap. It's a basic part of the pleco's diet and no tank with a pleco is complete without driftwood.

    And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a 23 gal is way to small for an angel. A single angel needs a 30 gallon minimum. It may be small now but it's going to grow out and the small tank may stunt it's growth. when a fish is stunted, their internal organs continue to grow even thought their body does not. It will make for a misshapen unhealthy fish. I know it will be difficult, but I'd return it to the store or rehome it with someone who has a tank large enough for it. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Since you have a pleco, you need to get some Real driftwood in the tank asap. It's a basic part of the pleco's diet and no tank with a pleco is complete without driftwood.

    And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a 30 gal is way to small for an angel. A single angel needs a 30 gallon minimum. It may be small now but it's going to grow out and the small tank may stunt it's growth. when a fish is stunted, their internal organs continue to grow even thought their body does not. It will make for a misshapen unhealthy fish. I know it will be difficult, but I'd return it to the store or rehome it with someone who has a tank large enough for it. Sorry.
    I plan on getting some driftwood for the pleco, even though a Bristlenose can live very healthy and happy without it. And the tank is not a 30 gallon, it's a 37 gallon and he's growing very healthy and seems very happy! Your post doesn't make much since either. If a 30 gallon is the minimum size for a single angel, then why is a 30 gallon also way too small for an angelfish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew's_Fish_99 View Post
    I plan on getting some driftwood for the pleco, even though a Bristlenose can live very healthy and happy without it. And the tank is not a 30 gallon, it's a 37 gallon and he's growing very healthy and seems very happy! Your post doesn't make much since either. If a 30 gallon is the minimum size for a single angel, then why is a 30 gallon also way too small for an angelfish?
    Yikes. talk about typing too fast. I thought you had a 20 gallon, which is what I intended to type, not 30. I need to go do something else LOL
    Anyway, sorry about that. You are good to go!! Can't wait to see this tank when you get it all redone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Yikes. talk about typing too fast. I thought you had a 20 gallon, which is what I intended to type, not 30. I need to go do something else LOL
    Anyway, sorry about that. You are good to go!! Can't wait to see this tank when you get it all redone.
    No Problem at all. I was very confused by that post. Lol, I have to find some driftwood and the plants I want first. I swear I think I have the worst town for fish keeping. 1 LFS within an hour and a half away and it's an hour drive 1 way. Petsmart and Petco have terrible selections as well... I'm leaning towards the driftwood in the middle with plants around it, but as usual I'm out voted and the family wants the Java moss tree. I'll post pics when it's up.

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