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Old 09-02-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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First planted tank questions


I just started my first planted tank and have some questions. I have already purchased some stuff so I hope I did ok.

I have a simple 10 gallon setup with a 2 bulb fixture that I got for free. This is going to be a new home for my 2 mickey mouse platys which are currently in a 6.5G.

I purchased aqueon colormax bulbs (http://www.aqueonproducts.com/produc...scent-lamp.htm) and am wondering is these are ok for plants.

I also got Carib Sea Supernaturals Tahitian Moon Sand.

I currently have it set up with a 10 gallon filter (looking at maybee an aqua clear 30, thoughts?)
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The plants I used to start were anubias congenisis which I picked up at petsmart.

I have put api root tabs in and the plants but my fish are still in the old tank. Going to move in some old tank water tomorrow when I do a pwc on the old tank.

I am also interested/looking for some shorter plant ideas to put in the foreground that would work.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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Hi Dave,

Yeah those Aqueon CFL bulbs will do just fine for plants, but it's a bit on the heavy high light side since each bulb is 10 watts, and since your fixture is for 2 bulbs, so if you used two bulbs, it would be 20 watts for a 6.5 gallon is quite a high number and you could grow some high light plants. So I think you might have to really adjust the lighting time to short periods and etc so it can work well with your anubias. Anubias are easy to get algae especially if the lighting is very strong, and there isn't a balance. By the way, I think the 10 gallon filter is enough, the bigger the filter, the more water flow.. which isn't that good because if it's too strong, it will likely mess up your substrate, cause stress for your fish, and everything else unless you can find a way to decrease the water flow the filter is producing. Some good plants for the foreground would be Dwarf sag, Marsilea Minuta, HG.

Are you planning to set up a low-tech planted tank? If you are, you should get some low light plants to start off like Java ferns, crypts, anacharis, anubias, etc.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Glad to hear that those bulbs will work. I sorry if I was unclear but the new tank is a 10G the old one that currently is running is a 6.5.

Thanks again
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Your welcome!

And oops! I misread your first post lol! Your holding the platies in the previous 6.5 gallon tank currently, and will be putting them in the new 10 gallon eventually. I see. The platies will love ya for the bigger space!

Well anyway, yeah, then the two bulbs, 20 watts total will work pretty nicely for the 10 gallon. So your tank will be a low to medium tech planted tank. And your anubias will do fine. After having the plants in, you need to make sure you dose your NPK and trace fertilizers (I use Seachem Flourish) once or twice every week (only if your doing low-tech. You need to dose pretty much everyday if you go the high-tech route with co2, higher lighting) and you have to find the right balance. Have a good one. Glad I'm able to help out.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Just an FYI, you can get standard daylight CFLs cheaper than the Aqueon brand that would work just as well. Just find a size that will fit into your fixture.
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