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Old 07-27-2010, 07:47 PM   #16
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Don't run carbon, not in a planted tank.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:54 PM   #17
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Ok, and just out of curiosity, why shouldn't I run carbon?
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:13 AM   #18
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Ok, and just out of curiosity, why shouldn't I run carbon?
Takes out stuff plants need, and it doesn't last, it's better to have a good bio filter.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:50 AM   #19
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Like bioballs or ceramic rings?
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:31 AM   #20
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I use sponges and disposable media the most in my filters, as mechanical filtration is most important on a planted tank (planted tanks produce TONS of debris!)
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:51 PM   #21
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Yeah I was planning on definitely having sponge and changing it out every 2 weeks.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:20 PM   #22
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I just got an email back from sweetaquatics.com, and they are going to be shipping my plants this Saturday! So I am gonna be planting next week!
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:26 AM   #23
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Here are some pictures of how the tank looks right now. I really like how the lights look (the colors in the pictures are very accurate without photoshopping)
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Edit: Oh yeah the heater will be moved when the tank is filled!
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:23 PM   #24
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Ok, so this is what I have come up with for planting. I am gonna try to observe the golden rule (interesting fact: the Parthenon abides by it 100%), so the red crypts will be at the focal point.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:08 AM   #25
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that piece of driftwood is really amazing. i have a 29 gallon too so its really cool seeing what other people are able to do with them and get more ideas. on your key it says that you're going to put the bronze crypt. on the driftwood? unless there's a space in between that i don't see, you're going to have to plant it into the gravel. also, i think for your tank, you should put most of the tabs by the crypt.'s, four leaf clovers, and moneywort. everything else are very easy plants to grow and don't require very much to be successful. oh, make sure that when you plant your anubias and java ferns, keep the rhizome(thing on the bottom where all the leaves come out of) out of the gravel or tie them down to the driftwood. if the rhizome doesn't get light, the plant will eventually die. i see a lot of potential with this tank and i'm definitely going to check this again from time to time. good luck!

edit: you can also buy seachem flourish, trace, and iron if you want to help you with fertilizing if you are having trouble with the root tabs.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:30 PM   #26
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Thanks! The bronze crypt will definitely be in the gravel. I'm also planning on buying some terra cotta pots and tying the anubias and the java fern to some pot shards.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:59 PM   #27
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Plants will finally be here tomorrow. Hopefully they shipped ok.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:18 PM   #28
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thanks!
could I mix the fluorite and the normal gravel? or layer it? Or could I use fertilizer tabs, like Fluorish tabs? The fixture is t5 HO, and I am not planning on using CO2
Yes! The four-leaf clovers will need them. The light is a bit too strong for non CO2. I would be best to raise it above the tank 6 in. or use a screen top and raise 3 in. Also you will probably need some potassium nitrate. Check out Rex Griggs website on dosing it.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:42 AM   #29
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I could do screen over the lights. It is on legs and is about 2-2.5 inches over the top. I also have the flourish tabs too so each pot will get a tab.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:01 PM   #30
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plants are here!
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