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Hi looking at getting into planted aquariums and I'm just wondering where a good place to buy setups that are not ridiculously priced I don't mind putting out the money but some things I've seen are crazy!

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Study up first !

Work out what you want to achieve

Then work out what it will take to achieve what you want .

Do you want nano or a huge scape or something in the middle .

Are you looking at C02 or low tech .

For a beginner if you have space I personally would suggest a 36 inch x 18inch x 18inch as that or the 48 inch x18x18 are relatively easy to keep stable , pretty cheap to buy and good lights are available ( a very important item for growing plants )

Contact John [MENTION=1338]The Tech Den[/MENTION] or [MENTION=9246]Donny@ageofaquariums[/MENTION] they will put you right for hardware.

I have a few planted tanks and can grow plants but I am both Artistically and aesthetically challenged and usually wind up with jungles ( but happy fish )

There are a few on here better at the artistic stuff check the various picture and plant threads .

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As long as the ridiculously priced setups are ridiculously good.... then no harm, no foul.

If price is only concern then prob some of the diy stuff on aquariumlife forum?

Otherwise all we do at AOA is make peoples wet dreams come true. Happy to help.

"Wet dreams come true"!! Really I have never been offered help in that department. bgomf.

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The sky can be the limit but you can also get a nice setup happening with out spending the earth. There are some cool things you can do in a planted tank that is - well rather cheap - did you have a size in mind that you wanted to do?

If you want to do your own DIY background or you could make up your own underwater waterfall and the underwater waterfall is not a expensive thing to make up.

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"Wet dreams come true"!! Really I have never been offered help in that department. bgomf.

please explain too a rookie like myself this new loosely used term "BGOMF" that i keep seeing posted around, what it actually stands for ?!

a google search only results in "BAMF"

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Sorry for the late reply I was thinking of starting small and working up being a cichlid breeder plants haven't been in my scope a lot but lately I've been to a few peoples places and seen some awsome planted aquaria shrimp and fish included and recently I've been getting into Aussie natives as well so I'm really not sure as I'm a novice when talking plants I've been watching a lot of youtube about it and reading different things so whatever help I can get I'll take on board! Is a nano tank the tiny turnouts that people aquascape?

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please explain too a rookie like myself this new loosely used term "BGOMF" that i keep seeing posted around, what it actually stands for ?!

a google search only results in "BAMF"

big girl on my face

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Sorry for the late reply I was thinking of starting small and working up being a cichlid breeder plants haven't been in my scope a lot but lately I've been to a few peoples places and seen some awsome planted aquaria shrimp and fish included and recently I've been getting into Aussie natives as well so I'm really not sure as I'm a novice when talking plants I've been watching a lot of youtube about it and reading different things so whatever help I can get I'll take on board! Is a nano tank the tiny turnouts that people aquascape?

If by natives you mean Rainbows , blue eyes , hardyheads and the like , that is what I am doing at present .

I will stand by my 3x18x18 or 4x18x18 because they give the most flexibility and best assurance of a positive outcome smaller is more difficult and not necessarily cheaper larger is more expensive .

The deeper you go the more light you need and the harder it is to get enough light to the bottom without frying the tops of the plants and choking them with algae - again 18 inches deep is the sweet spot .

Then there is the substrate - Quick and easy is EcoComplete ( it is what I mostly use ) not without issues but once it is in the tank a few months they disappear , ADA soils - Tried once and failed catastrophically - your mileage may vary . Dirted tanks work for some but are messy and unstable , plain gravel or sand is ok for low tech ( no CO2 ) tanks .

Here are pics of a couple of mine -

Both CO2 EcoComplete (red)and one with Fluval Gen 1 led lights one with gen 2 the tall tank has gen 1 .

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@ponytail I have been watching your thread on your planted tank and I admire your work.

Can Tahitian moon sand be used as a substrate? Or another black gravel?

Spose Bainsey would be another source of planted tanks info?

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@ponytail your tanks look awsome and yeah rainbows and fish like that are what I'm looking at now I have two lots of rainbows at the moment just the common Aussie rainbow not sure of the proper name and some Murray river rainbows that I've just got and will definately be getting more! So a medium size tank is the go? Easy to keep stability and how does co2 work I know it is good for plants but wat about fish and how does it work as I haven't seen an actual real life working co2 set! Lights what do you suggest? And I have about thirty kilos of black iron sand is that any good for plants or should I just get the substrate specifically for plants?

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Would love to see your planted tank [MENTION=1094]pony-tail[/MENTION]. Cant seem to find it. Do you mind linking me?

[MENTION=204]mbunamad[/MENTION] and [MENTION=15847]Fishbitz[/MENTION] has me curious and excited!

:):):)

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Would love to see your planted tank [MENTION=1094]pony-tail[/MENTION]. Cant seem to find it. Do you mind linking me?

[MENTION=204]mbunamad[/MENTION] and [MENTION=15847]Fishbitz[/MENTION] has me curious and excited!

:):):)

The photos are on thread a few posts up - both my display tanks just scroll

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