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Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by hdrestr, May 14, 2009.

  1. hdrestr

    hdrestr Junior Poster

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    Hello,

    I'm new to this forum and new to planted tanks. I'm setting up under a tight budget and here is what I've got so far:

    29 ga X-high (tall?) with a HOB filter. Lighting is from a Coralife 65 W PC fixture, currently with a 10K bulb in it. Substrate is just regular gravel so far. Heating comes from a 150W submersed heater. Finally, there is a Regent 170GPH powerhead to keep things stirred up. No fish, no plants, no CO2 injection yet. This setup has been running for about 3 weeks now.

    I've read that I should load up with plants all at once, can this be any aquatic plant? Locally I can get some Hornwort, but are there other plants that are preferable? What recommendations can you give about my setup?

    I'm thinking to follow the low light, no CO2, large biomass path. Ultimately I want a tank with a lot of plants, a few small fish, and a cleanup crew of inverts.

    Thanks in advance for your responses and double thanks for all the great information that's been posted here already.

    -hdrestr
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    hdrestr Junior Poster

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    Here's an update.

    I've got a bunch of Hornwort floating now, and the substrate is going to be EcoComplete by the end of the weekend. Long term, I may try to go for a theme for the plants, may be South American. I have to start reading some more though. Thanks for any suggestions or critiques!!

    -herm
     
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    Hi herm,

    You want to get mostly stem plants at first as they tend to adapt and grow more quickly than others.

    Hygrophila, rotala, ludwigia, are all fairly easy to grow.

    Your biggest issue will be c02. If the light is kept low you will be better off.

    Once the tank has established and the stems are DOING WELL, you can start replacing them with other plants.

    The eco complete will help by providing nutrients.

    I would toss in some guppies or something to help cycle the tank. You can always give them away......

    You may want to also use Java fern, anubias species, and mosses as these all require less light and do well in your type of setup.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    hdrestr Junior Poster

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    Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into the stem plants and maybe pick some up to put in when I change out the gravel.

    -herm
     
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    Follow Up Question

    Should I get rid of the hornwort?

    -herm
     
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    Hornwort is very useful when you first setup the tank because it absorbs a lot of the ammonia given off by the fish, and it dims the light at the substrate enough to help avoid algae. Later, you will probably want to get rid of it.
     
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    OK, the Eco-Complete is in now and the hornwort is planted instead of floating. It looks like a forest in there. I'll put up a picture soon. Thanks everyone for your help, I'm pretty excited with the setup so far.

    -herm
     
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