The Planted Tank Forum - View Single Post - Back to Basics
Thread: Back to Basics
View Single Post
post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
FaceWise's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 14
Back to Basics

Hey TPT,

I’m looking to get back into the plant- and fishkeeping game after a hiatus during my first few years of college. The plan is to keep it small and simple—low light with minimal maintenance. I’m inexperienced with low-tech tanks, and any feedback you can offer about equipment or fertilization would be greatly appreciated.

Aquarium: 20 gallons, long
Filtration: EHEIM classic 2215 external canister
Lighting: 20W, 6700K fluorescent hood
Substrate: Flourite, gravel

Fauna: Nannostomus mortenthaleri OR Paracheirodon simulans, Pelvicachromis pulcher
Flora: Various Anubias and Cryptocoryne, java fern, java moss

Is a single 20W bulb enough light, and for how long should I leave it on each day? Will fertilizing with Flourish or Excel be enough to sustain these plants, and if so, how often should I dose? I intend to stock a pair of kribensis and about a dozen small, schooling fish—do I also have room for an algae eater of some kind?

Thanks for reading, looking forward to “meeting” everyone.
FaceWise is offline  
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome