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new 300 gallon tank start out

I'm a new one to planted tank .I recently changed my tank into a planted tank ,and this is all about it ,I would love to hear from any of you
Tank size : 300 gallons
Lighting : 8 bulbs T5 HO ( 1.5 WPG T5HO) suspended 6" above water surface
Subtrate : 1 inch of Maracle organic soil ,1.5 inch of floramax ,and 1.5 inch of gravel on top .
Plants :ludwigia ,dawft sag ,stargrass ,amazon sword ,crypt ,javafern ,anubias (will add more plants in )
No fish in yet
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great start, love the wood. I would consider changing the background to black if it were me. I think it looks more natural.


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carpalstunna great start, love the wood. I would consider changing the background to black if it were me. I think it looks more natural.

Yes thank you for your advise,it is impossible for me to change the background now , i have to move the tank out in order to replace it (300 gallons of water and 200 pounds of subtrate )
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That is huge piece of wood and beautiful piece. Amazon will be great in this size of tank. I can't wait to see that...

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Beautiful and elegant, I tip my hat to you sir.

I have a large amazon that would be beautiful in the middle if you want it. I trimmed all the leaves and have it in a holding tank right now. Baseball sized roots. You just pay shipping and I'll send it to you. Pm me if interested
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Not going to do any co2? T5ho wpg isnt the same as older style bulbs or compact flourescent so it might be a little bit much. I dont have experience with a tank this deep so it might be ok but co2 is always a good idea
Tank looks good, definitely starting it off right
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It looks like your off to a good start and it should look nice after it fills in a bit, were the heck is Loganville? The reason I ask is if you have a local plant club they are a great resource for getting hard to find plants for cheap, plus it's a lot of fun playing with other plant geeks.


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Nice tank so far. Maybe I missed it but what are the dimensions for this tank?
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dimensions of this tank L 8 feet , W 24" , H 31"
thanks!!!!!
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dimensions of this tank L 8 feet , W 24" , H 31"
thanks!!!!!
OMG. The $$ I could sink (literally) into that beast...lol. I would agree that CO2 is still a good idea...


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This is an update on my 300 gallon tank .After 2 weeks the tank appears to have lot of algea,and green water ,it maybe i have too much light from 8 T5 HO bulbs ( this tank has no CO2 ),just added 4 otos in there to help the cycle . Any suggestion for the algea ? ??
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Definitely way way way way too much lighting.

I suggest you only run a total of 4(2 on each side) if you're not using Co2 to combat algae. Adding some Amano Shrimp and more otos will help as well. 4 otos won't make a dent in a 300G algae farm


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Definitely way way way way too much lighting.

I suggest you only run a total of 4(2 on each side) if you're not using Co2 to combat algae. Adding some Amano Shrimp and more otos will help as well. 4 otos won't make a dent in a 300G algae farm
thanks bro ..... but 4 bulbs over 300 gallon tank ( 32 inches deep ) will i have enough light to grow any plant????
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I'd say yet BUT if they appear to suffer you can use all 8 but with a shorter photoperiod


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thanks bro ..... but 4 bulbs over 300 gallon tank ( 32 inches deep ) will i have enough light to grow any plant????
Your going to need Co2 for sure if you want to run all 8 of them.
Even 4 of them without Co2 is risking more algae.
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