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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this is my 1st planted tank... And actually my 1st aquarium... I guess you can say i'm an experienced horticulturist so i know a lot about the 14 main plant nutrients, organic and salt based... cation balance... ph.... so i think this planted tank should be do-able...
So i got a killer deal on a 36 gallon bowfront tank a few weeks ago. Came with stand, lid, pump for 40-70gallon tank, 200 watt heater and crappy 24" 18 watt T8 light... Its only 6 months old and i paid $100 for it all...
I ordered a dual bulb 30" T5 NO fixture last week and cant wait to get it. If i find this doesnt cut it i have a 4 bulb T5 HO 48" with 6500k bulbs. I'm hoping i dont need to use it, but if need be...
So 2 mistakes i already made... 1 not realizing that people layer the media before setting up tanks. 2 buying blue gravel...
I mixed the multi color blue gravel, with a half bag of natural color gravel, and added 1 bad of eco-complete. Being that i didnt origanally set this up for live plants and didnt layer my media right, i just mixed it all together and hope it works ok...
I added 1 piece of driftwood, have a small variety of plants, and some fish.
Like i said, dont bust my balls about the blue gravel. I didnt realize this its not cool anymore to have colored gravel, and i'm not gonna redo the whole thing over it.

my camera with the flash off could not get the greatest pictures, and with the flash on it looked like the light was off...
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You have got an awesome deal on ur setup ...
Bout the blue gravel, i say its ur tank , do whatever you like to do, and enjoy it

Here is my betta in his nano with white gravel ...

I love the driftwood, you might wanna add some rocks .

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 10:27 PM
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You can just put some root tabs in the gravel for any root feeding plants. I keep a few root feeding plants in pool filter sand and pea gravel just fine. I use Seachem tabs but there are others to choose from. Inert substrate isnt a big deal unless you wanted to keep certain plants. I also have a 36 bow tank as my main show tank and absolutely love it. Great dimensions...

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thanks for the reply's.
I want to add some large rocks, but i need to look at some other peoples pics to inspire me, before i go out any by rocks, without knowing how i'm going to place them...
I got the driftwood off ebay, mounted on a piece of slate. Its tough to tell but is hollow and the fish seem to love it.
I havent really thought much about adding additional nutes. Does anyone use organic nutes? i really dont like the fact of adding salt based nutrients to live fish...
I have a worm bin and plenty castings. Can i dissolve this and put it in? or is the nitrogen content going to be too high for the fish?
The only thing i dont like about the bowfront, is when you have your arm in it to rearrange stuff your perspecive is way off what your really doing. You have to take your arm out and look and go back in to re adjust...
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