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I have had fresh water tanks since I was a kid, and lets say that was a while ago! I have had a salt tank for the last three years and never seemed to get it to what I had imagined it would look like, so I decided to do a planted tank. I have always like the look of them just never took the time to set one up, so the time has come. I am going for a low budget set up first, to get my feet wet so to speak so I have a 10 gallon with a Eheim 100 gph HOB filter 50w heater, 3 inches of flourite and two,what I believe are Anubias Congensis. If you see that they are a different plant please let me know, the LFS guy was not sure what they were only the price of them. So it is now up and running, see the pics below. Once cycled I plan on some tetras to complete the set up, and of course some more plants. I will greatly appreciate any comments and suggestions, like I said I am new to this!!

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By the way I am also new to this site, at least posting, I have been spending a great deal of time reading and you all are a wealth of info. Thanks for that as well!!!
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Did you rinse the flourite thoroughly before you put it into the aquarium?
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Looks like you are off to a good start. From the pictures, the plants are not Anubias spp. but probably amazon swords (Echinodorus spp.) I may be wrong though. Do the plants have a rhizome? (A fat, round tuber'thingy that all the leaves grow out from).

As Phillip said, did you rinse the Flourite? Flourite, if not washed, will leave your water as cloudy as all get out for a long period of time. So it would be advisable to take it out and wash it, or do alot of water changes.

Also, what are you using for lighting?

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Yes, I rinsed it twice, and as of right now the tank is clearing nicely. As for the palnts they do not have a bulb, but just a large clump of roots. The lighting I have is a catfish light with a 24 watt pc fluorescent bulb. I plan on getting a larger light later on, I know i need more wattage. Thanks for the replies!
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Yes, I rinsed it twice, and as of right now the tank is clearing nicely. As for the palnts they do not have a bulb, but just a large clump of roots. The lighting I have is a catfish light with a 24 watt pc fluorescent bulb. I plan on getting a larger light later on, I know i need more wattage. Thanks for the replies!

Since it has no rhizome, it is deffinatly a sword of some type.

I would take a look at the first sticky over in the "Lighting" section. It will explain the amount of lighting you need and so on. I believe it is entitled T5 vs. T12, PC.... Or something close to that.

Will you be going for a high intensity or low intensity light setup?
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Those are def. swords, not anubias. I hope you were not charged "anubias price" for them.
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Looks like you are off to a good start. From the pictures, the plants are not Anubias spp. but probably amazon swords (Echinodorus spp.)
Yeh, he right. It is very similar to the Anubias spp. Check here.
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Thanks for the plant ID. Tank is almost clear this am, but the old heater I had has gone bad, so I need to replace that, but everything else looks good.
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I was never serious about planted tanks until after I had been reefing for about 6 or 8 years. I find the two to be very similar, but also satisfyingly different to the point where maintaining both is fun for me.

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Thanks for the welcome! Three days into my tank and I have a new heater and water is crystal clear. Does anyone have any suggestions on what plants would be good next. I want to have different heights that are moderate light levels, and may be some color.
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