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Old 01-17-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Been reviewing as much information as I can in preparation for attempting the addition of plants. I have a fish only 55 which has been running for about ten years. I changed my substrate about a week ago and am letting my tank stabilize. I have had three failed attempts at plants over the years. I have decided I want to try the Low Tech approach this time. I've considered substrate, lights, ferts, and plant type.

I have read almost everywhere that one should start out by planting a large number of plants. And I understand that the plants assist in keeping the water params correct and that there is a race between plants and algae so lots of fast growing plants makes sense.

My question is based on my my having my tank essentially set up to grow plants now, and algae is under control. Bearing in mind my historical failures with plants why should I not start with a few plants, 6-8, rather than 50 or so to fill up my available footprint?

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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Well, first tell us what you are putting into the tank as far as desired plants and equipment

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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I see no reason for buying a lot of plants unless you want to.

Deciding on what plants you like & what their requirements are is the important thing.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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My tank currently has 4 tetras, 3, corys, 2 clown loaches (small), and one piece of driftwood. I have 3-4" of plant friendly substrate and I have a 48" 2 bulb light fixture with T5HO 6700K lamps, one bulb is not on. The tank has been a fish only tank for about 10 years and has cycled long ago.

I want to test conditions for growing low light easy plants and have considered trying a couple each of swords, java fern, and crypts. [As this has not worked for me in the past I want to try a few first then add more if the plants thrive]

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Sounds like a plan!
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