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Old 03-07-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Plant Noob- 65 Gallon Medium Light

65G 36"W 18"D 25"H tank

Fluval 304
AquaTop CF400 UV

Current lighting :
1x 36" T8 single bulb fixture (came with tank)
1x 36" T5 Corallife duel bulb (1x 6700k 1xActinic)
1x 36" T5 Corallife duel bulb (1x 6700k 1xColormaxx)
1x 24" Current TruLumen Pro 12000k LED strip

Plants include:

Ludwigia repens, Broadleaf
Eleocharis parvula, Dwarf Hair grass
Anubias Barteri 'coffeefolia'
Echinodorus cordifolius Tropica Marble Queen
Echinodorus Barthii, Red Melon Sword Plant
Cryptocoryne undulata
Hygrophila corymbosa (Giant hygro, Temple plant)
OZELOTR Echinodorus "Ozelot" Sword Plant
Echinodorus Kleiner Prinz
AMAZON SWORD, Echinodorus bleheri


I have inserted flourish fertilizer tabs across the tank and dose with excel daily.


I am by no means new to keeping an aquarium but have very limited success when concerning planted aquariums. About a year ago I had a Marineland 56G Column aquarium that I filled with similar species of plants (Minus the hairgrass and repens) and had quite a healthy system up until the point I had to tear it down.

Right now I am waiting for the Dwarf Hairgrass to fill in so i can start getting fish. My ultimate goal is perhaps Angelfish and Discus.

First step however is a lighting upgrade. What I have now will work but I want to clean things up and perhaps make the light being emitted a bit more appealing and natural looking. My front runner for that is a 2 Current USA Satellite Freshwater + with a ramp timer.

I'll do my best to post pictures and keep this updated with any changing developments.

Any and all feedback is welcome but maybe not listened to

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:45 AM   #2
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Considering the depth of this tank I am also considering buying a powerhead for circulation. Any thoughts or suggestions for brands and size?

I also ordered the following plants which i would assume will be here next Tuesday.

Green Cabomba caroliniana
Ceratopteris Thalictroides - Water Sprite
Hygrophilia Difformis - Wisteria
Bacopa Carolina
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