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Old 05-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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totally new to this planted tank stuff, need help.


Lets put it this way, I had goldfish for 12 years in a blank tank.just lost last one. Now I want to try live breeders with plants. I know none of the speak here. I got like 12 different plants, supposedly all low light. I have a single t8 bulb from flora sun 5000? Is this good enough?
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

What size tank do you have/what are the tank's dimensions?

If you aren't sure of the plants you have, posting photos can help.

In all likelihood, you're probably fine with what you've got but everyone here on the forum will definitely be able to help with a bit more info.
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As you can see, needs lots of work, any and all advice wanted. Well you could see if I could figure out how to upload on here.
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You can upload images to a photo sharing site and link them in your post.

I usually use http://imgur.com/ to host photos. You don't even need to create an account if you don't feel like it.

Once you get the images uploaded, you can copy the public link from imgur and insert it into the post. The easiest way is to use the insert image button up on the posting toolbar ^. Paste the URL and you're done.
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Lets put it this way, I had goldfish for 12 years in a blank tank.just lost last one. Now I want to try live breeders with plants. I know none of the speak here. I got like 12 different plants, supposedly all low light. I have a single t8 bulb from flora sun 5000? Is this good enough?
The first thing you have to do is change your understanding of what this hobby is. That change requires you think in terms of, this is, aquatic horticulture and the fish are more rightly thought of decorations.
I'd heartily implore you to pick up some books on this hobby. Book reading is necessary because you'll find many forum opinions tossed at you telling you what you should and should not do. Some opinings are good many aren't. So, get some books, look at planted aquarium sites and acquire a good knowledge base before you jump into the pool. When you've done that come on in cause the waters fine.

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #6
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The first thing you have to do is change your understanding of what this hobby is. That change requires you think in terms of, this is, aquatic horticulture and the fish are more rightly thought of decorations.
I'd heartily implore you to pick up some books on this hobby. Book reading is necessary because you'll find many forum opinions tossed at you telling you what you should and should not do. Some opinings are good many aren't.
Not to argue with you as you've clearly been here longer then me, but I don't think you have to go to that extreme - I think you can easily view the plants and fish as equally important inhabitants of your tank. Now, I agree that you can't just throw live plants in a "fish" tank and expect them to do well .

For me, I planted my tank because I thought it would make a more natural environment for my fish and would give me some more depth to my hobby, not because I wanted to have ornamental fish in my plant tank
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Ok, so there is my tank. I bought some substrate yesterday to put in before I plant them. I was told to do a good gravel vac first, because I can't after I plant. Wondering if this is true? I'm doing this to try and make my tank look good, to make a good habitat for fish and to breed live bearers. I have always been successful with fish , just not plants.thus why I'm here.
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Yup, pictures came through. You may want to remove the plastic pots to allow the roots to spread out - and as you are using gravel, you'll probably want root tabs for those sword plants.

If that is bamboo in the back, I think you should be careful. Most bamboo I've seen sold isn't really an aquatic plant and will hang on submerged for awhile but eventually die. If you read around there is a lot of talk about bamboo in tanks. I've not had any personally.
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Ya I wasn't sure about the bamboo, I know they are used in beta tanks, but the leaves are usually above water. I saw some nice ones in tank at the fish store, so I decided to try and put one of mine in tank itself. I was gonna take the plants out when I plant them. I have some tabs coming in mail.and I was gonna put substrate in back of tank to plant in.
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Not to argue with you as you've clearly been here longer then me, but I don't think you have to go to that extreme - I think you can easily view the plants and fish as equally important inhabitants of your tank. Now, I agree that you can't just throw live plants in a "fish" tank and expect them to do well .

For me, I planted my tank because I thought it would make a more natural environment for my fish and would give me some more depth to my hobby, not because I wanted to have ornamental fish in my plant tank
Ah, grasshopper, you have much to learn.
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Steve, like I said any and all advice welcome. The two people I spoke to at different shops gave completely different advice. One said the T8 tube was good for all plants, as it produced sunlight comparable lighting. The other said I need to spend around $$150 and get a new hood with a new bulb set, and needed $400 or so worth of co2 equipment. I'm not looking for a masterpiece, just nice healthy plants and fish. What steps would you take if wanting the same?
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It will depend on the tank size/depth and what kind of plants you want to grow, before you can decide how much lighting you will need.
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