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First Planted Tank 5.5 gallons

Hey Guys, this is my first planted tank. I hope to become an expert someday, so any comments are welcome. Especially on what i did wrong.







the light is a 8 watt flourescent, 18,000 K aqua-glo light i bought from Petsmart. Is that enough for this tank?


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man that sand is white!, i like it, reminds me of snow, as for the light, i would recommend more light, like another one on the other side and one that is between 5000 and 10000 k, 6500k would be ideal

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awsome, thank you for the advice. How do i make the HC grow into a carpet instead of vertically?


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also, i was looking for black sand all they had was white sand haha.


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higher lighting and more nutritional substrate would make the HC go carpet
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Thank you, you mean like peat moss or flourite?


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flourite would work, so would dosing the water column with ferts, but that might lead to an algae outbreak

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I have been dosing with "Plant Gro: Iron enrich" is that good?


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HC does well with excel and higher light, if this is a newer tank dont dose a lot of ferts and let the tank get established first and let the plants get rooted well. IME i have found that dosing to early causes algae, I have done that with my first planted and had algae. Dose a few times a week once they are established and dose in smaller amounts that way algae does not have anything to feed on. One thing about dosing is that you do not have a lot of plants in the tank so there will be more ferts in the water which will be taken up by algae so really small doses will prevent an outbreak.

Overall one more lights, some excel, plants, and small doses will allow you to keep the tank clean so it does not become a headache, and one more thing that is important is water changes I do around 50% a week this will "reset" your tank (thats the way I look at it) by removing ferts from the water and whatever excess nutrients are lurking in there!

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The tank has been set up for around two weeks, ive been dosing small doses the last week. I guess im stopping until it is better set up. I am off tomr, so i guess fridays will be water change day.


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i just replaced the light with a 60 watt bulb sylvania energy saver. It says 60 watts but then says, "using only 13 watts". What does that mean? Does it still mean its putting 60 watts worth of light but only uses 13 watts worth of energy? It also says 35000 k on the box. Is that enough for the 5.5 gal?


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ok, the bulb is 13 watts. by 60 watts, it means it is equivelent to a 60 watt incandescent light bulb (which are no good) i would go by homedepot and buy a 27 watt full spectrum light (daylight bulb) desk light that they have for only $20, they work great. oh, and im guessing you meant 3500 k? i think that 35000 k would be invisible to the human eye, lol

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ahh, the lamp and bulbs cost me 21 bucks. I should have waited and got advice before buying things. Is there a specific brand?


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I went to Lowe's and returned the other setup, do they have that 27 watt at lowe's. Or is there something diff. setup i can purchase from lowe's i can use? I didnt have a receipt and they had to put it on a gift card.


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its only at home depot, though, i think lowes has a lamp that would work for $35 or $40

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