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Old 01-13-2014, 03:27 AM   #1
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Initial Setup - Fluval Flora

Hello everyone, about to replace my Fluval Edge (6) with a Fluval Flora for my home office desk. I have kept saltwater fish & inverts and freshwater African's in the past but never fresh water plants. I am assuming that your plants are planted upon the initial setup and then the cycling occurs after? I guess this is key since I would need to seek out the plants prior to setting up the tank, etc.

My initial thoughts were to pick up a 2nd 13w Fluval light and another bag of the substraite since that is commonly mentioned in many posts/video regarding the Flora.

Any suggestions or comments are welcomed !!

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Old 01-13-2014, 03:37 AM   #2
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You can plant plants at any point in the tank's "cycle" and continue to add plants whenever as far as my knowledge. As for a second light you are already on a good track of thinking. The Fluval Flora and EBI both are quite tall for a single 13 Watt Compact so adding a second will really help in my opinion. As for substrate it really depends on what your planned to plant and what you want to do with the tank. I would suggest adding 2-3" of substrate to give your plants enough depth to root. You will also want to buy a "planted" substrate as this will give your the plants the nutrients they need to thrive. You might also want to look into root tabs as well. I personally burry a few root tabs 2" deep when I set up a new tank as this really helps the plant get even more nutrients. Depending on plants and you budget FloraMax and Eco-Complete are some decent buys. I personally recommend ActivFlora as it's very high in nutrients and is very fine enabling ease of planting (especially helps if your new to planted tanks). You can also go with Fluval Stratum if your budget permits. I haven't tried this substrate yet but hear good things, especially initially. Have heard it breaks down to mush after several years and can be a pain after a while though :-/.Hope that helps
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