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Getting Set-Up

Hello everyone,

Just traversing the forums looking for a few words of wisdom on my first attempt on a planted tank. I haven't received everything yet, but this is my plan:

Equipment:
Fluval Spec III
Fluval CO2 kit (88)
Fluval Compact Lamp + Flourescent Bulb (13w)
Hydor 25w Heater (adjustable)
API Water Master Test Kit

Substrate:
ADA Amazonia (regular)
ADA Amazonia (powder for top layer)

Fertilizers/Chemicals:
Seachem Flourish
Seachem Flourish Excel
Seachem Prime

Hardscape:
Rocks (undecided, darker in color)
Possibly driftwood

Flora (what I plan on planting):
Foreground: Baby Dwarf Tears (carpet, hopefully)
Midground: Dwarf Hair Grass -or- Micro Swords -or- Blyxa japonica
Background: Green/Red/Purple Cabomba -or- wisteria

Alternative: Baby Dwarf Tears (carpet) + Micro Sword (background) -or- Blyxa japonica (background)

Fauna (what I plan on getting):
Snail(s)? - unsure what to get, torn between Mystery and nerite (adding after cycle)
Betta Plakat (adding later down the line when tank is stable/carpet is almost 100% grown in)

I plan on doing a "fishless cycle" and will be using some water from an already established tank (disease free) to get me started off on the right foot. I won't be filling the entire tank with the water from the established tank, maybe 2-3 cups.

Does this set up seem alright? Any suggestions? My main concern is algae control and the Baby Dwarf Tears (lighting requirements, substrate choice, etc). Thanks in advance!

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No input? Well I am thinking about revising my co2 option. Instead of the fluval 88, I'm thinking about grabbing the Aquatek co2 regulator. Does anyone else use it?

I'm a little concerned about supplementing macro nutrients as well..would the seachem products for macro nutrients suffice? Or should I stick with flourish and flourish excel?


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Also, I've attached test results for my tap water, no additives...looks like I have nitrates in my tap? Will this be an issue for starting up?



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I don't think it will matter if you have a small amount of nitrates... Free source of nitrogen for your plants. Probably better to use dry ferts so you can dial in the right amount of N.


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