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im gona be starting a jbj 6 gallon nano tank just looking for some advice on where to start. what i want is something thats not gona cost a fortune but still look good like i said im not even sure were to start lol any advice is welcome thxs i have some gravel thats been sitting around for a while not even sure what kind it is or if its any good ill post some pics of it later today so some one could tell me if the gravel is good or not thxs andrei
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If it's regular old aquarium gravel, then you'll probably want to go get something that's better suited for planted tanks. You want something with small granule size, without being too fine like dust. Playsand is a good, inexpensive option which can be purchased from any Home Depot or Walmart. Other (better) options are to use Eco-Complete, Fluorite, or Aquasoil.

In a small tank like the jbj, trust me, you'll want smaller granules for your substrate. Good luck to you, and make sure you take plenty of pictures!
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yeah i think its Fluorite my first ? is what kind of water should i use i have a ro/di unit to make water for my reef tank is this good or should i run ro water or tap water whats best.2nd as far as the Fluorite goes is it ok to still use if its been sitting out in the heat for a few months should i just rinse it and put it in 3rd what are people using for filtration and lighting the tank i have is a jbj and has the back were to put sponges and stuff how should i set this up and 18w 10k light bulb? as for now the tank is still empty just wana get some info before i start it. also what about co2 is that an absolute or can i get away with out using it
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s heres a few pics of what i have so far 1 day old
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I like the layout. Looks very natural! As far as your questions, yes you can use RO water. It's not necessary, though, until you start getting into the softwater plants. But it certainly doesn't hurt-- IF you make sure there are plenty of minerals and micronutes available. Many people use Seachem Equilibrium to bring their RO water to a more acceptable condition for planted tanks. And yes, you can go without CO2. Just make sure you choose plants that are easier to grow and you shouldn't have any problems.

Also I recommend researching Tom Barr's (plantbrain's) non-CO2 method of fertilizing.
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