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Hi Everyone.

Looking to see if anyone has any ideas. I modified my hammerlock shelving and just bought a 3ft tank. I missed having a larger tank but am not sure what i should do with it.

I think i want a planted tank, but.. you guys are so creative!!

Cheers Phil

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Hey Mr Phil, are you still interested in Africans at all? what sort of filter do you have in mind? what sort of light? IME having enough light is such an important aspect of a good planted tank. And I like a rock backing in a display tank.

You could do a brackish tank with a sand substrate, driftwood, 2/3 full with a rainbar, with metal halide lights (ok maybe going too far but they give that amazing dappled light) with a school of monos, or a few scats or a school of rainbowfish, and an archer fish.

Monos:

http://membres.lycos.fr/acara/poissons/picpo/argent.jpg

http://images.google.com.au/images?svnum=1...amp;btnG=Search

Archerfish

http://images.google.com.au/images?svnum=1...amp;btnG=Search

Scats:

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http://www.elmersaquarium.com/10scat.htm

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Nice idea Mrs Lilli. But i dont know if i want to go down that road, its rather plain isnt it? The monos and scats are brilliant fish but i think i want some sort of planted tank with mixed but good fish. I have double fluros on there at the moment but can always get a MH later on. Are the multies Africans? i have another smaller tank being setup for some of those ^_^

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yep, they are Africans. Double fluoros are a good start for light although I don't think even they would be enough for red plants. Make sure if you go with a planted tank you get good globes. IME the normal tank globes are not sufficient. I'd like to see a "dutch" tank densely planted with small-leaf plants of various shades and textures with harlequin raspboras and other fish within the same colour spectrum. clashing fish colours hurt my eyes and offend my sensibilities ... but again, that is just me OR you could go with broad leaf plants like amazon swords of various sizes, with some feature driftwood, tannins and maybe a few harmonious tetra species of different sizes. I'd go with a big school of either 20 rummy-noses or say 20 neons and 5 cardinals (you'd be amazed how the 5 cardinals accentuate and enhance the colour of the neons). That big school would be the tank's main feature, with a couple of different fish like rams or kribs. A really really important aspect of a nice planted tank, IMHO, is a decent backing. Otherwise nice planted tanks look less impressive when you can see the wall behind them. Even painting the back black gives a good depth to the tank.

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