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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2006, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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New to Planted - Need Nano Advice

First, let me say how happy I am I found this forum!! I've been a reefer for over 10 years, but the allour of planted tanks has finally got me. I don't have much space (apartment with a reef tank already) so I figured a planted nano would be the way to go. I'm strictly in the planning stages, but I'm itching to pull the trigger!
I was thinking something in the 6 gallon range. Either an Eclipse 6 or a 6 gallon JBJ Nanocube w/fw pc. Or course when I look at the price of the JBJ6, I figure I may as well get the JBJ 12. Though I really like the size of the six. Or should I just get an Eclipse?
I want to keep this as basic as possible. I was a little taken back by how popular adding co2 is. I don't think I want to venture into that area yet. Am I right in thinking that the higher intensity light with the JBJ Cubes puts me a little closer to needing CO2? Also, seems like the JBJ's have alot of flow, great for a reef notsogood for a planted fw.

Again, I'm so thankful I've found you guys!! Thanks in advance for your help!
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Welcome Fignewton. I'm relatively new to planted tanks, too, and so I don't have a lot of advice for you about tanks in the 6 gallon range, but I had thought about starting up a 5 or 6 gallon tank at some point (I have a 29 and a 2.5) and was thinking about the Eclipse vs. the Nanocube myself, so I'll look forward to hearing what people suggest! You'll find a lot of great advice and information here -- good luck with your tank!
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Ended up going with the 12 gallon, it was actually cheaper than the 6! I purchased a freshwater bulb as well. SO, on to decide on substrate. Flourite seems the most economical, but I like the black look of eco-complete, matches the black trim on the nano, quite nicely. Still deciding though.

Here's a silly question, do I need this tank to cycle like a reef/marine tank? What should I cycle it with? AND, is RO/DI water ok to use?
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Hi Fignewton, welcome to the planted tank! Actually I am very tempted of the opposite, ie to setup a nano reef! However, space is prohibitive and my knowledge is very limited for saltwater tank.

Here is my answer to some of your questions: Cycling is needed only if you are planning to put fish/inverts. If you are keeping only plants, no cycling is needed. Plants can go straight into new tank immediately after adding water! Actually adding plants help to start off the cycle as there are bacterial coating the plants.

RO/DI water can be used but has to be 'mineralised' to achieve appropriate electrolites, pH and hardness for plants. There is a product you could buy is the Seachem Equilibrium for such purpose. There are other similar products on the market too (I think Kent does it too).

Eco-complete is great as it has bacteria and great for growing plants, so you can just add water and plants immediately. It goes into cycle instantly. I have written a step-by-step journal of how I set up my planted tank (18G) using the Eco-complete substrate here if you are interested:

http://www.theteh.com/html/tropical_...rium_phot.html

Hope it helps!
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The Teh thanks for the great information!! I ended up going with Flourite, mostly because I'm cheap. Now of course, I'm realizing that when it said might need to rinse on the bag, I really should have. I'm expecting the tank to clear up sometime in June!
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Welcome.

Sorry I just saw this post.
If you haven't already seen it, here is a great site about planted tanks, cycling, and even how to rinse flourite well (used Rex's method on my last 6 bags, and wish I did it on the first 6). If you have no fish, it's not too late.

http://www.rexgrigg.com/index.htm


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