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My first planted - 27 Gallon Marineland Cube

So I used to have 4 tanks, 3 freshwater (no plants) & 1 saltwater, before we moved 2 years ago. I sold them off and just talked the wife into letting me have an aquarium in the new house. I had lurked, read and absorbed a ton of information here 2 months before even asking her.

A lot of your tanks are beautiful and I really want the trimming & aquascaping aspects of a planted tank. Watching coral grow is slooooow.

I value ALL advice. I will try to update as much as possible because I didn't really see much out there on the 27gallon cube for a planted tank.

My new tank with initial fill to check for leaks. I went with very fine gravel substrate as I am not ready to do a dirty tank.







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neat looking tank! any thoughts on kind of plants? thoughts on Co2 and lighting?


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Marineland Single Bright Light

The tank came with a double bright but they let me switch for a single bright. I did this because I read a double had more focused light and the single was more dispersed. It doesn't look that bright to me.





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neat looking tank! any thoughts on kind of plants? thoughts on Co2 and lighting?
Thanks. I am planning on going tomorrow to PetSmart to buy some plants. I have the list of low light plants from the forum. I will kinda play it by ear. I did buy a light for $10 and compact 6500K bulb for $5 at Lowe's. I will post the pictures of it in a little bit.

As far as Co2 I do not think I will need it.

Bump: I bought some Mopani & Malaysian driftwood from Dr's F&S after going to locals and seeing $20 price tags for small brick like pieces. This was what I got for around $22 Total. I like the trunk like piece and I think overall a great deal.






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Driftwood, Tannins and $15 Lowe's Light

So soaked the driftwood for 2 days in a bucket with 2 water changes. Also included a picture of my $15 Lowe's light.

After putting in driftwood


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Lowe's light - Fixture $9.99 Bulb is 6500K Compact Spiral

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Very nice start. Can't wait to see it planted.
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Really like the look of that tank, especially the positioning of the 2 driftwood pieces. I'm excited to see how the planting goes.
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i actually have this exact tank; you can see the link in my sig. I kept the Double Bright and added the Single Bright. I measure a par of high 30s to low 40s at the substrate, and grow various Crypt species, a Taxiphyllum sp, and a Ludwigia sp. while the Double Bright only has 9 LEDs, it's markedly brighter than the Single Bright with a much higher PAR. by the time the light hits the substrate, it will be somewhat more diffused and spread out, though I admit that my Ludwigia grows toward the individual nodes once it gets within 6" of the surface or so. I can tell you that you may gave trouble growing anything other than Bolbitis, Microsorum, or some mosses with just the Single Bright, and slowly at that. the best advice I can give you is to add light.

Bump: if I had read more closely, I would have seen that you did add more light! at any rate, i'll subscribe to this thread and see how you come along!


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i actually have this exact tank; ....
Thanks, I have subscribed to your thread. It was hard to find much on these tanks online.

Bump: So I went to Petsmart last night after work. Picked up 9 neon tetras and 2 rainbow coreys. They had some nice plants in tubes by TopFin on an endcap. I picked 2 tubes & 1 from a livetank and was excited.

I come home put the fish in and write the names from the tubes so I can research them here. Guess what?! I bought junk apparently and feel like such a rube. They really didn't have anything from the low light plant list.

I got 1 bunch of mondo grass, 1 tube of Peacock Fern & 1 Amazon Sword. Apparently the first 2 plants are terrestrial / land based plants. Bah!






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nice start on the tank, I recently started my first planted tank(about 3 months ago), and it has been an adventure. Ive learned a lot about the hobby on these forums, and my tank has gone pretty well because of it, so keep reading and learning.

a few things
-mondo grass, not an aquatic plant. It will look good for a while but can not be fully submerged(i bought it too when i was starting)
-peacock fern, semi aquatic plant, can remain submerged either
-swords are fully aquatic and ive had good luck with them
-you have to watch those tubes at petsmart, not all of them are fully aquatic, even the ones that say they are. I always bring my smartphone and google the plants when im looking at them

Good luck, I cant wait to see your progress.

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nice start on the tank, I recently started my first planted tank(about 3 months ago), and it has been an adventure. Ive learned a lot about the hobby on these forums, and my tank has gone pretty well because of it, so keep reading and learning.

I always bring my smartphone and google the plants when im looking at them

Good luck, I cant wait to see your progress.
I will check everything on iphone from now on.

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any updates on the tank? I know its only been a couple of days but i get impatient...

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Patience

I have been researching and checking my water parameters since my last post. It looks like I will need to get some plants from forum members. I will look into getting clippings as I don't want to rush in again on anything.

@mesohorny - Good luck with your stand build. Looks good so far.

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Hope all I well with the tank, any updates?

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