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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-18-2015, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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My First Planted Tank (need help)

I have had a few planted tanks in the past but they were not at all successful and I have never been able to keep plants alive. So I had been very discouraged. A backstory: Basically, I do alot of promotions and sponsorships on my youtube channel and a company asked if i wanted them to send me a brand new rimless aquarium and lighting as well as a pump for free so I can do a setup series and test them out. I said yes. So, I am giving a go at a 6 gallon nano planted tank and have a few questions. What substrate should I use? In the past I have just used gravel or pool filter sand with no fertilizer. Also, for lighting they sent me the following 2 lights to use are they any good and what are easy plants that they could grow?

They also sent me this one:

So let me know if they are good and if so what plants can be easily grown with them...

As for stocking, This is unlike anything I have ever done. I have always done big huge fish in huge tanks. An example is my 300 gallon. So this nano fish thing is new to me haha.

I want something interactive if possible so I was thinking pea puffers but if you guys have other suggestions let me know...

Anyways, thanks in advance for your help I really appreciate it!

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I am a fan of dirt substrate capped with sand or very small gravel myself. I never had much luck with plants until I started dirted aquariums. Although, the research into setting up may have also helped me understand how to grow plants in an aquarium better as well.
I don't know tons about light, so can't help with that. I know to look for bulbs that are 6500K other than that, I just read a lot on lights I'm planning to choose and how others did with them, then try them :p

Good luck!! Would be cool to be given free aquarium stuff to try
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I have this light!

That is so funny Sebastian, I tried to get the aqualighter nano from Angelfins online and they were sold out. I have a pico now, and another one coming in the mail. It is bright! My hurricane glass vase is so well lit using the pico (vase diameter 7.25 inches, height from substrate to light about 8 inches). The water wisteria is growing well, in two weeks there is at least an inch growth. The Java Fern and Java moss also growing well. Have a look-
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The substrate is coarse sand, there is no fertilization except for pond snail poop.

I have other nanos, and for fish I have a betta behaving very nicely with white cloud minnows and corys. All easily available fish, of course. The minnows are so active and are a great size for the nano tanks.
Gravel or coarse sand is easy to keep clean (he he, nice for videos), and you can add root tabs for plants that need them (eg stem plants like ludwigia and water wisteria). Marimo moss balls are also fun and easy, they just like some movement.

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