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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have had tanks for years although I must say I started out in the saltwater hobby. I am now trying to dip my toe in the planted tank hobby as they are absolutely stunning. I have a paludarium that holds roughly ten gallons of water that has a small school of tetras and an amono shrimp and then I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a betta. Both tanks are planted but I am not sure if I am giving them the optimum environment that they need. There are som any fertilizers and all kinds of things out there and it is just as overwhelming in the beginning as saltwater was. Any help or advice will always be greatly appreciated.
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So I know little of the saltwater world so I can't draw a lot of comparisons between the two. I do know that plants are supposed to be more forgiving then say coral.

Basically when started off you need to have enough light for your plants, some kind of fertilization, and thats really it. Some plants work best planted into substrate, others can't be but that's specific to the plant. So we need to know so more information such as what light you have, and if you are running any fertilizers at all currently. Also what substrate you are using. Water parameters are helpful as well. Also assuming you are using a filter, what is it and what are you using for media in the filter?
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Just make sure give them complete cocktail they need so there are no deficiencies and then remember that levels that each tank needs can vary by light level, plant choices and loads. Often its simply observations of plants over coarse of few weeks tells you whatís right

Just make sure you cover all the basic macro and micro, like you said there all different brands.

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