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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 1:01 am Post subject: Any guide Reply with quote

 Hey  guys,
 I  have  one  small  aquarium  18  X  12  sitting  in  the  conrer.  I  want  to  try  adding  aquatic  plants.  Is  there  any  guide  or  suggestions  you  can  give.  I  would  love  to  setup  a  planted  aquarium  .  Also  I  want  to  know  where  to  buy  seeds  and  which  fish  can  survive.
 Note  I  only  have  a  tank  no  filter  no  sand  (I  will  buy  some).  
 Thank  you
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:36 pm Post subject: Re: Any guide Reply with quote

 Oh  boy...
 Firstly  welcome  to  the  forum!   Smile  
 There  are  plenty  of  guides  available  on  the  web  and  simple  googling  returns  hundreds  of  really  great  resources.  At  your  stage  I  would  suggest  start  with  a  low  tech  tank.  
 What  does  the  tank  house  right  now?  I  am  guessing  it  must  be  around  7-8gallons,  which  is  a  decent  size  for  planted  tank.  I  currently  have  a  7G  running  myself,  link  to  its  tank  journal  
 To  give  you  a  simple  road  map  I  would  say:

  •  Read  up  about  the  nitrogen  cycle
  •  Read  about  the  importance  of  cycling  your  tank
  •  Read  a  bit  about  aquatic  plants,  their  light  requirements,  nutrition  requirements,  placement  requirements  and  CO2  requirements
  •  Decide  what  kind  of  a  planted  tank  you  want:  High  tech  or  Low  Tech  (I  would  suggest  low  tech  as  they  are  simpler)
  •  By  now  you  would  have  known  the  importance  of  a  filter  and  substrate,  just  regular  sand  is  not  always  best.
  •  Identify  a  few  plants  that  would  suit  your  requirements.  Simple  starters  like  cyptocoryne  species,  anubias  species,  various  mosses  esp.  Java  Moss,  valisneria  species,  bacopa  species  are  easy  and  beautiful  plants,  which  are  mostly  un-demanding.
  •  Decide  what  lights  you  want.  These  lights  should  suit  your  selection  of  plants,  as  well  as  your  pocket.
  •  Select  your  substrate.  For  low  techs  even  an  inert  substrate  works,  but  fertilized  substrates  are  better  in  the  long  run.
  •  CO2  or  no  CO2.  Personally  I  keep  my  lights  low  and  avoid  CO2,  but  there  are  many  that  swear  by  it.
  •  Look  for  online  plant  vendors  as  well  as  LFS  closer  to  you  and  compare  rates  and  availability.
  •  Write  down  everything  that  you've  planned  and  ideally  make  a  post  about  it  here  to  get  opinions  and  suggestions.
  •  Execute!

 "How  to  setup  a  planted  tank"  is  a  very  vague  question  and  is  better  suited  to  google  than  iah  or  any  other  dedicated  forum.
 A  better  question  would  have  been,  "Would  xyz  plant  grow  in  my  x  gallon  tank  with  xyz  substrate  and  xWatts  of  light"  I  hope  you  get  the  gist.
 All  the  best  for  this  tank,  and  your  journey  into  this  fascinating  hobby!  Thumb Up
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