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    I don't have a fish tank right now but I work at a pet store (2 years now) and read a bunch about them.

    I was thinking just a small 10g tank, with laterite on the bottom and gravel on top. I would get short plants such as baby tears and short grasses.

    For fish I was thinking some red cherry shrimp, oto's, and a school of rasboras or white clouds. But I wouldn't add them for awhile, I'm more worried about the plants.

    I know I would need atleast 20w of light which I can't find for a 10g so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about that.

    Also how should I go about cycling this if I am going to put live plants in it???
    I was thinking just letting it run without live plants for a week or so, and add in a small school of zebra danios and a few live plants and continue from there slowly.

    Or suggestions about anything I have in this thread. I want as much advice and corrections as possible!!! I really want to do this right.

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    I am enclosing a link for a wonderful light for your size tank.It uses the t-5ho bulbs which are perfect for plant tanks.I own to nova fixtures ,a 36 and a 24".
    http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/236409/product.web
    you wouldn't want the bulbs that are included with the fixture in this link however they are actinics for SW use.You would want 6700-10000k bulbs or the pink hue plant grow bulbs.You have the right ideas about how to start and what plants to use but I would recommend using straight fluorite instead of a laterite mix,simply for the ease of use.As for cycling I recommend downloading the aquarium ebook available from this forum,it covers cycling.Good luck with your tank!

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    I know about cycling and how to do it I just dont know how to go about it with live plants, since if I put plants in right away I would need to give them nutrients somehow since there arent going to be fish in right away of course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SamAnthrax
    I know about cycling and how to do it I just dont know how to go about it with live plants, since if I put plants in right away I would need to give them nutrients somehow since there arent going to be fish in right away of course.


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    Use API leaf zone, it provides alot of great nutrients and they will grow like crazy, I just have sand substate and they grow great, cycle it with the leaf zone and then add plants after a week. Add 10ml first day then add 2ml everyday till the week cycling is over. it worked for me.
    ~ The fish dude~

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    ooo thanks! will definately use that idea.

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    1 big nutrient needed in the beginning will be provided by the fluorite [iron].As fish dude stated leaf zone will also be a good one,that or tetra flora pride.You really will not need a huge amount of fert with the plants you are wanting to start with.Also get some seachem excel,that will take care of your co2 needs.Sorry I wasnt more specific earlier.When you do add your fish add the shrimp well after your tank is well cycled,they do best in aged water.

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    Where in chicago may i ask?

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    Um I live in the city, Lincoln Square to be exact.

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    hmmm i see a lot of things on craigslist around there.... whats the pet shop called? i might be taking a trip to the city and owuld to check out a diff. petshop

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    The one I work at haha you dont wanna. I work at a petsmart. Just dont like saying it. I can recommend you to some awesome fish shops though.

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