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Mike's new 20 gallon (looking for help)

This is my new "blank canvas". I want it planted (duh) but I want to try something different. I have never been able to get "carpet plants" to grow so I would like to get some suggestions on the best way to do EVERYTHING. The lighting is 1 15w Fluorescent Bulbs, so that will be replaced.

Lets start with the substrate. Please post what has worked for you.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 12:39 AM
 
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Eco-Complete - 3 bags
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I am using substrate but I used only 2 bags, you can use 3 if you want. Just depends on how deep you want to plant your plants.
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Its not how deep you plant them , its how big can their roots get ? If you want crypts , vals, anubia's , swords etc. then the deeper the sub, the healthier the plant.
2 bags would probably do it but I am never one to order light... I always like extra to work with.
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I'd suggest two bags of eco-complete and one or two bags of Tahitian Moon Sand. I used one of each in my 20 gallon long and the substrate is a little low, and in a taller tank its easier to get away with 3+ inches of substrate.
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will eco-complete be best for carpet plants (hair grass, glosso, etc)? I have a 10 gallon with 30 wpg of light and flourite and I could not get hair grass to grow to save my life!

I just want to do it right the first time...

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I agree with Buck's statement, it really depends on what kind of plants you want.

2 bags of eco complete will be good enough for you to carpet those plants.
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