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schoolzoo 01-18-2013 03:57 PM

Suggestions/thoughts/help please
 
I currently have a 25 gallon that is sitting empty and its driving me crazy- its time to do something with it.

I think that I'll use flourite - or something similar - as my substrate capped with either sand or gravel.

I'm going to use a fuvel canister filter. The lights need to be whatever will fit in the existing canopy - or in the space available. The tank is in a stand already.

I think that I'm going to fill it with tetras and plants.
Any suggestions to help this be successful?

somewhatshocked 01-18-2013 04:52 PM

There's no need to cap Flourite. Using sand with Flourite and similar substrates will eventually result in a mix, with sand ending up on the bottom. Any particular reason you're considering going that route?

What are the dimensions of your tank? Length x width x height.

What kind of plants do you plan to keep?

schoolzoo 01-18-2013 05:20 PM

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There's no need to cap Flourite. Using sand with Flourite and similar substrates will eventually result in a mix, with sand ending up on the bottom. Any particular reason you're considering going that route?

What are the dimensions of your tank? Length x width x height.

What kind of plants do you plan to keep?

I thought that I read somewhere that it needed to be capped. I have tried growing plants in just the gravel and have no success, so I want to try something new.
The tank is 31 inches long, 14 wide, and 18 tall
As far as the plants go I just want something that will look nice, is natrual, but is easy to take care of - This tank is also in my classroom.

zoragen 01-18-2013 08:52 PM

You should be fine with fluorite.

If you get plants that are root feeders like swords and crypts just use fert tabs.

somewhatshocked 01-19-2013 01:32 PM

Nope, no need to cap Flourite. It's an inert substrate that contains no real nutrients for your plants. It does have a high CEC rate, though, so it will absorb nutrients and release them slowly over time.

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Originally Posted by schoolzoo (Post 2279513)
I thought that I read somewhere that it needed to be capped.


lochaber 01-19-2013 04:38 PM

Just echoing the bit about not needing to cap flourite, unless you don't like how it looks or something.

That pic of your stand, though... You might want to add some bracing or something, it looks like it's visibly bowed by the weight of the tank on top. I'd suggest either removing the tank and adding a brace, or putting another piece of plywood on their (either across the whole top, or even just under the tank itself), and putting some foam twixt the tank and the stand.

And seeing how the tank on th bottom is just going to be bigger and heavier, I'd do the same for that as well, before filling it.

schoolzoo 01-20-2013 08:23 PM

I guess I need to do some more reading - I was under the understanding that the flourite was a great substrate to use and had some nutrients already. Any other types of substrate suggestions? |I need to keep this as simple as possible.

As far as the stand goes Thanks for the feedback - the bottom is already braced underneath - its just hiding behind the doors. I was thinking of adding something to the top - its just a matter of when my husband will have time to adjust it.

lauraleellbp 01-20-2013 11:33 PM

Flourite is fine, it's my own favorite substrate, and whether or not you need to supplement nutrients more than that depends on your lighting. Light is THE critical factor in driving plant growth.

So before we go any further- what kind of lights does this tank have?


(PS- rinse the Flourite really really REALLY well before you put it in the tank! I take mine outside in a big bucket and rinse it really well with the garden hose until the water runs off clear)

schoolzoo 01-24-2013 04:36 PM

The lights that are on it are just what's in the canopy - there are 2 AQUA-GLO 24", 20W T8.


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