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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas needed for low tech planted tank

Hi all,
I have completed the construction of 44g aquarium and the silicone is getting cured currently.
It is probably the right time to plan for what should go into the tank next week.

1. Substrate : I checked with the local shop, they have some kind of inexpensive black colored 2-3mm gravel (i think it is inert?) made in china. 20lbs for approx $10. Is it okay to use it?
2. fertilizer : I have a pack of Seachem root tabs, can i add them under the gravel now or crush a couple of them and add it as a layer below gravel?
3. DIY Pvc Overflow + DIY Wet/Dry filter with bioballs in 10g sump.
4. Return pump from sump @ 200 gallons per hour.
5. Lot of low-light, easy-to-maintain plants.

I would like this tank to be low-tech, low maintenance tank.
(I guess the above setup doesnt seem to be 100% low tech, but definitely non-co2 to begin with)
Please advice. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 12:15 PM
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Some carbon source would be good, if not using injected CO2, using soil (which decomposes and release carbon) or seachem excel would give much better results

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I think you probably want something under the gravel then cap with the gravel to hold it down.

I don't have a lot of experience with planted tanks yet, but my first attempt my 55 I have eco-complete in it which is decent for planting in, and from my early on reading seemed like a good choice... now starting a 10 gal work tank that I have miracle grow potting soil capped with gravel then capped with Tahitian moon sand (because I made a mess when I planted it, so if you go dirt I'd recommend waiting until after planting to cap the dirt).

I really like the look of the Tahitian moon sand... should have just went with that to cap the dirt to begin with =)
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