Planning a new tank

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    Hi All,

    I am interested in setting up a small (100L) or so FW tank. I had one years ago. I setup a Marine tank in Jan and its going fairly well. I now want to setup a FW planted tank. Something simple, that looks nice and easy maintenance. I would appreciate help on how to go about this. Some questions:

    • Where is a good place to get a tank from in jhb?
    • What equipment would I need ?
    • I would like some easy to keep plants and some shrimp, maybe a lobster and fish or two, where can I get them from ?
    • Would I really need CO2 ? Is it easy to run ?
    • Whats the best water to start with and top up with ? ( I make my own RO currently)
    T(H)anks :) in advance
     
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    Welcome. You need a tank, filter, heater, lights and a substrate. For filters we tend to go for canisters, for lights T5's, LED's etc in the 6500k to max 10000k... No actinics. If you go high tech you will want pressurised CO2. You will need to look into fertilisers.

    Easy to keep plants - Amazon swords, Java ferns, moss, anubias, hygros...

    Lobsters are illegal.

    Dechlorinated tap water is fine unless you have very hard or very soft water in which case you might need to add stuff to your water...
     
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    Thanks Josh, I currently have a tank with a canister filter which was supposed to be a QT for my marine but I think I will use it as a FW tank.

    Seems fairly straight forward, I don't wan to go hightech.
     
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    Welcome to APSA...

    As Marc pointed out...FW lobster/crayfish is illegal (they'll ruin your plants and fish stock anyway)

    Best advice I can give you...start at a point...and work towards a goal. First get the tank you can accommodate...then the filtration and lighting...once you have that the substrate and hardscape...and lastly the plants and fish.

    As you dont want to go hightech...you wont need pressurized CO2, but I will still advise in getting yourself some liquid CO2 (Scape Carbon or Seachem Excel). Also what you should remember...running a lowtech setup means you are limited to a degree with regards to your plant choices.

    So do a few searches...see what you like (scape, fish and plant wise) then ask questions on here ;)
     
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I want something simple. Bottom must look like grass, with a few tree like plants, and a few easy to keep fish.

    Will start acquiring the stuff first.

    Any suggestions on where to purchase hardware and livestock from in jhb.
     
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