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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Im planning a low tech planted tank and need a little help. I will be making the tank myself which will be made of 1/2 inch glass 18 inches long 12 inches wide and 16 inches high which will make it 15 gallons. I plan on having driftwood coverd in anubias nana dwarf an a ground covering of flame moss.

So here are my questions .
Can i use just plain gravel as my substrate ?
What kind of lighting would you reccommend ? I have a 24 watt cf desk lamp
What kind of ferts if any should i use?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 03:03 PM
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Hi Joey,

Please let us know how the lamp is positioned over/at the tank. You will need need ferts if the gravel is inert. Here is the link to the substrate calculator to help you figure out how much to put in, it has gravel for a choice
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 04:08 PM
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Why such thick glass? 55 gal tanks are only 1/4". T8 lighting with good reflector will work. I've done inert gravel on mine and I do dose small amounts. Longest I ever made it for WC was 5 months.

Good Luck......
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The lamp will be placed in the middle of the tank it has a 24 watt 10,000k cf light in it and what kind of ferts do i need . How long do you think i should leave the lights on for .

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