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First planted tank

Hello, all! A new 29 galllon tank with filter, co2 device and tank hood was given to me.....I'd like to start a planted tank! Where to begin?
1. Can one make their own substrate from locally available supplies?
2. Where's the best place to find plants for the new garden?
3. Is there a good way to start this hobby gradually, and add plants, creatures, etc. as my expertise increases (which hopefully will happen)?
4. Can aquatic plants be added in their own individual pots to gravel sustrate freshwater tanks?
5. What are some good books about planted tanks?
Thanks in advance! orktank
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You should probably not get your substrate from anywhere but a pet store or reputable buyer. You don't want any weird stuff popping up in your tank just so you could save a few bucks. You need to watch out for some natural substances that could pollute your water. This could include small amounts of metal (such as copper) or limestone which will mess with your ph. Depending on where you live, live plants are available at most pet stores and I have even seen them at grocery stores that sell fish. If you want really good quality and snail free plants, you might want to buy online if the weather is permitting. Or use a site like this to trade with local people.
When cycling your tank, you can have the substrate and plants right away. It's the fish you need to worry about. Platys, mollys, and danios are all great choices for cycling a tank. You don't have to keep these fish, you just need them to get the bacteria going. It's best to do this very gradually. DONT RUSH YOUR FIRST TANK. Research everything and research multiple sources. Ask tons of questions! Don't believe your lfs employee (sorry) They just want to sell you stuff. (Unless they are seasoned aquarists) As far as books go, anything by Takashi Amano will help.

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1. Can one make their own substrate from locally available supplies?[
Absolutely- check out the Mineralized Soil thread at the top of the Substrate forum.

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2. Where's the best place to find plants for the new garden?
I recommend getting them here, from fellow hobbyists- check out the swap n shop forum.

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3. Is there a good way to start this hobby gradually, and add plants, creatures, etc. as my expertise increases (which hopefully will happen)?
If you'd like. I'd recommend adding plants right as soon as you set up the tank, then cycling the tank (get the nitrogen cycle going- run a search on "fishless cycling" for some how-to threads) before adding livestock.

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4. Can aquatic plants be added in their own individual pots to gravel sustrate freshwater tanks?
Sure.

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5. What are some good books about planted tanks?
Peter Hiscock's Ecyclopedia of Aquarium Plants is a really good one. http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-A.../dp/0764155210





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