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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:13 am Post subject: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 Hi,  
 
 I  have  a  2  feet  yumei  tank  ,  which  hadd  been  a  normal  aquarium  .  want  to  convert  it  to  a  low  tech  planted  aquarium  .  it  comes  with  a  lid  which  holds  2  t8  tube  lights  .  Plz  do  guide  me  for  the  following  queries  i  have  
 
 1  .  My  choice  of  substrate  is  going  to  be  red  soil  ,  however  i  would  like  to  know  if  contra  soil  is  a  better  choice  ?  
 
 2  .  i  read  here  that  t5  tubes  are  preferred  than  t8  for  planted  aquarium  ,  however  has  anyone  been  sucessful  in  having  a  planted  aquarium  with  t8  lighting  .  there  is  no  option  to  replace  the  t8  20w  tube  in  my  tank  to  T5  ,  since  the  size  is  diff  and  i  dont  want  to  go  for  a  lighting  kit  .  
 
 3  .  i  am  planning  to  have  a  carpet  plant  like  hc  cuba  and  other  easy  to  grow  and  cheap  plants  .  Plz  give  suggestion  for  my  set  up  .  
 
 4  .  Planning  to  have  neon  tetras  and  shrimp  ,  if  possible  few  guppies  .  
 
 5  .  we  use  bore  water  in  our  house  ,  can  i  use  the  same  ?  since  we  dont  have  a  RO  system  .  How  frequently  we  have  to  change  the  water  ?  
 
 6  .  Right  now  i  am  no  going  to  set  up  a  co2  system  .  and  the  tank  comes  with  a  boyu  filtration  system  on  the  hood  .  Do  i  need  additional  filters  .  
 
 Plz  help  me  at  the  earliest  ,  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:50 pm Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 Hi  Prem,
 
 for  low  tech  planted  aquarium  T8  light  are  more  sufficient  always  try  to  use  light  with  a  spectrum  of  6500k-8500k  with  700-1000  lumens  bulb  
 
   
 
 1.  Contro  soil  is  good
 
 2.  T8  lighting  is  also  but  use  6500k-8000k  bulb  or  you  can  buy  pll  lighting  for  cheap.
 
 3.  for  low  tech  plant  HC  cuba  is  not  advisable  it  require  co2  and  high  light  and  fert,  you  can  try  monte  carlo,  Go  for  anubias,  java  fern  for  your  setup   check  the  below  site  for  more  easy  growing  plants
 
 http://sreepadma.com/plants.php
 
 http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=56042
 
 4.  yep  you  can  keep  neon  tetras,  shrimp  and  guppies
 
 5.  you  can  use  bore  water  if  your  tds  is  low  or  mix  some  spring  water  
 
 6.  the  basic  rule  is  10x  filter  i.e  if  your  aquarium  is  100L  capacity  you  should  have  1000L/Hour  filter,  if  you  want  to  calculate  volume  of  your  aquarium  use  below  link
 
 http://www.theaquatools.com/volume-calculator
 
 below  are  some  guides  
 
 http://www.sudeepmandal.com/hobbies/planted-aquarium/low-tech-planted-tank-guide/
 
 http://www.ukaps.org/index.php?page=ukaps-articles
 
 http://www.ukaps.org/forum/forums/tutorials.34/
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:08 pm Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 Thanks  Andrew
 Very  neat  guidelines,
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:08 pm Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thanks  Andrew
 Very  neat  guidelines,
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 Happy  to  know  that  you  felt  my  post  neat  thanks   Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:26 pm Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 thank  you  so  much  ,  you  had  been  very  helpful  ...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:18 pm Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 quite  detailed  and  helpful  information.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:01 am Post subject: Re: new to planted aquarium setup ...Plz guide Reply with quote

 Yeah.  Very  neat  Andrew   Thumb Up  
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