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UnderwaterScubaMiner

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I could really use some help here. I have been absolutely itching to start a planted aquarium, but I could really use some step by step advice as to how to start it. I've been doing some research and I've come to the conclusion that I want to do a low-light aquarium without CO2.

Currently, I have a fully established long 50 gallon and it is currently filled with colorful blue gravel and some fake plants. I have fish in there too that I want to keep around. They are all pretty simple fresh-water schooling fish from PetSmart and such and there's nothing too big in there as well. I don't have an algae eater, but I wouldn't mind getting one if I had to. I have a heater, an air pump, and an Emperor 400 for a filter. (Picture Below)

Well anyways, I've seen how awesome planted tanks look (even the simple ones) and I've decided that's what I want to do. The plan was for me to put all my current fish in a 10 gallon for awhile and change out the substrate and get the plants ready on my 50 gal.

So the bottom line is, I could really use a specific list of supplies that I am going to need and a link to where I could order whatever it is and then step by step instructions on how to get it up and running(also, it would be nice if I could get some advice as to maintenance as well). This would be a huge favor and thank you in advance. P.S. Try to be as specific as possible, I"m pretty new to this
 
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Gerryd

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Hi,

I would suggest spending some time browsing the sub forum named 'Non c02 Methods' and then come back with some questions. I realize you are new to this, but you are asking for a lot of specific info here.

You can also swap SOME of the gravel out over a couple of weeks. You can do 50% and then 2 weeks later do the rest. You need to do a lot of water changes to ensure the health of the fish. This is because the new substrate will cause a cycle. Adding extra sponges NOW will allow time for them to get populated with bacteria and will help reduce nh4.
 

Gerryd

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Hi,

I would suggest spending some time browsing the sub forum named 'Non c02 Methods' and then come back with some questions. I realize you are new to this, but you are asking for a lot of specific info here.

You can also swap SOME of the gravel out over a couple of weeks. You can do 50% and then 2 weeks later do the rest. You need to do a lot of water changes to ensure the health of the fish. This is because the new substrate will cause a cycle. Adding extra sponges NOW will allow time for them to get populated with bacteria and will help reduce nh4.