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My first planted tank

Hi y'all. This is my first planted tank. I have been dabbling on and off with aquariums since I was nine, time and space willing. I have always wanted to keep real plants (instead of the algae covered fake ones) and have finally made the leap.

I have an old 29gal tank, and am currently running 2x17w t8 bulbs on it. My filter is an Eheim 2213 and I have a Rena heater. I have ordered 20w bulbs and they will be here by the end of the week.

Currently I have the following fish (and I am not planning on adding more at this time...)
6 cherry barbs
5 black mollies
5 ottos
3 pepper corys
3 platys
and one Raphiel cat named Chou
There are also three MTS, only three. No babies in the tank. I think Chou has been eating them.

And for my plants, I have a collection of crypts, a couple anubias, one of them nana, an ozelot sword, some micro sword, and green tiger lotus.

Sorry for the picture, new camera and I am trying to figure out how to set the lighting correctly...
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do you have plans for any Co2?
you'll want to stick to low light plants with 40 watts of t8.

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I am debating on that. I am planning on buying a nicer, bigger tank next year, and I am not sure what all I am going to do with it, except plant it. I am feeling things out right now; get a little experience under my belt before trying things like CO2, soil substrate, and T5's.
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you don't have to do any of those other things to see the benefits of co2. You can keep it really simple too, if you've got some extra tubing and 1 or 2 64oz. juice bottles you can do DIY CO2- really cheap and it will save you a lot of algae battles and loosing plants to slow growth, etc.

i wish i hadn't waited so long into my time with planted tanks to give it a go.
good luck!
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Your off to a great start. Most of the plants you have will do fine with this set up. CO2 might not hurt. But as long as you're keeping it low tech, with good low tech plants, you can avoid the hassle of DIY CO2.

There is a good chance the Micro Sword isn't going to thrive in this tank though.

Welcome to TPT, its nice to see another Idahoan.

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Okay, got a better picture, though the camera and I are still working on a peace treaty.





Now you can see some of the algae... *sigh*
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Some, like Trallen44, have great plant growth with low light. I think it works because the bulb has red photons in it.








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Okay, got a better picture, though the camera and I are still working on a peace treaty.
Now you can see some of the algae... *sigh*
That is harmless algae. Increasing water flow and adding snails or algae eating fish should get rid of it.

I had it until I added pond snails. Pond snails can over take a tank but it won't happen in my tank, since most snails don't live long in my tank. Tis 1 of the pros of having no gh or kh in the tap water.
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