Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:44 am Post subject: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank
iam planning to start a 6ft planted tank. And iam not new to planted tank i already had 2 planted tanks one in my office and another one at home but unfortunately both the planted tanks didnt do well i guess due to the poor selection of substrate i used clay & sand in both the tanks. And later i found it very difficult to uproot the plants even if i happen to do it everything gets messed up water goes murky etc.. And another problem that i faced with my home planted was unable to see any plants the only thing that i could see in the tank was algea.. algea and some more algea nothing else was happy in one way or the other at least the algea looked green.. It's all my fault anyway i have learnt a lesson in a hard way.... And this time i dont wanna face such problem i am gonna do it only once without messing thing up.. i have no urgency will go slow and steady so gurus kindly suggest me what to do and what not to do i have mentioned the equipments below that i already have. Based on the equipments kindly suggest me a planted tank setup.
Tank size - w - 6Ft, H - 2Ft, B - 2.5ft
Light - MH 8000K
substrate - ADA aqua soil amazonia 2 + Power Sand Special + ADA multi bottom
(suggest me the quantity that i got to use and how to use them iam yet to purchase the substate part. based on our members suggestion will add or drop few items)
co2 - pressurized co2 (9kgs)
Filter - Eheim 2217 (2nos)
plants - i have no idea what plants to choose and what not too.. gurus suggest me.
fish - only angels
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Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:40 am Post subject: Re: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank
Ok based on past expereinces here are a few suggestions
1. you will need to use the following Qty of substarte
For a 2.5 inches of avg ht of the sustrate
Aquaamazonia - 10 bags
Power sand - 3 bags
For 3 inches of avg substarte ht
Aquaamazonia - 12 bags
Power sand - 4 bags
2. Lights- If you want to use MH then you'll have to go with 3,as already recomemded by Nytyn.
Here you could try a combination of MH and T5HOs. 2nos 8000k Mh, 2nos 54W T5HO( 4000K), 2nos 24W T5HO(4000K)
Make sure that you go with 2 reactors for this tank, its very essential for this tank. Or you could try the external reactor with the Ehiem Pump.
4. Filtration - looks good.
5. Plants - well there is a good choice now. Try out some Glosso, Crypts, Stelleta, Bonsai, Didipilis Diandra,hygro compacta...the list can go on but get plants that are not very difficult especially initially, since the substrate is new to you.
A 30 inch deep aquarium sounds really good make sure you have space all arround it for maintanance.
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