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Old Today, 11:48 AM   #1
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Wanting to get back to aquariums

Pretty much what the title says. It's been years, maybe 15 or so, since I last had an aquarium, and I'm thinking I'd like to start up again. Nothing fancy, but to be honest, what's out there now, both in technological advances, and what my adult budget can afford, is quite a bit different than what I used to mess with. I'm thinking of something in the 40-60 gallon size range, and prefer shallower, with more "acreage" to landscape. My first thoughts are tropical freshwater stream. I also prefer uncrowded aquariums, often with fewer fish than most would have in a similar size tank. Ideally, I'd like some rocks, some driftwood type submerged logs, and lots of live plants.

As for fish, I've always liked to have a Red Tailed Black Shark, and have been interested in Clown Loaches, though I hear they want to be in a school, and I'm not sure I'd have the space for that. I never felt like I had good luck with Tiger Barbs, they were always aggressive.

One thing I'm interested in learning more about is substrate. I'd like to go a more natural route than the brightly colored aquarium rock I used to have so much of. I'd also like to try different substrate in different parts of the tank. I'm aiming for natural, and it seems that a good portion of nature uses dirt, though it's not as common in aquariums. Any thoughts here?

So, what have you to say inmates? Any aqua-gurus out there?

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Old Today, 02:07 PM   #2
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Im no guru, but I am also just getting back into keeping tropical tanks after being out of the hobby for 10 years. Advancements in technology have been incredible. I'm in the process of setting up a 55gal "planted" tank.

These sites have been very helpful in getting me back up to speed:
http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/index.html (Read the articles)
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/

This is the filter Im going with. Stupid simple and very effective. Read up on mattenfilters for more info.
http://www.swisstropicals.com/filtra...erfilter-shop/
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Thanks for the links. That's the point I'm at right now, reading and gathering info. Especially about plants, as that was never a strong point for me in the past.

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I had great luck with a Leiden Garden when I was trying a planted aquarium

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