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growing in gravel

is it possible to grow plants in just regular grave substrate? what supplement do i have to add for the plants to be healthy?
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Yes, and depends on the lighting conditions of the tank, and the types of plants you're using.

I'm growing plants in a goldfish tank, in cheap ugly blue petco gravel. That's two wrongs for me!
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i have a 30 gallon tank. what is my best lighting option. i was looking at hagen 36" double t5 light fixture but its kinda pricey $140?? and what do i need to supplement my plants if growing them in gravel.
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i have a 30 gallon tank. what is my best lighting option. i was looking at hagen 36" double t5 light fixture but its kinda pricey $140?? and what do i need to supplement my plants if growing them in gravel.
ya that is very pricey.here is a very very good lighting fixture and very compact.http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight36 that and some liquid bottle ferts and/or root tabs depending on what plants you want.and that will get you started with a planted tank

ps:is your tank 36 inchs long?if it aint they have 24inch and 30inch also
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i have a 30 gallon tank. what is my best lighting option. i was looking at hagen 36" double t5 light fixture but its kinda pricey $140?? and what do i need to supplement my plants if growing them in gravel.
You don't want to run a T5HO fixture over this tank unless you're setting up a high tech tank, with pressurized CO2 and a weekly if not daily fertilizer regimen.

The T5NO fixture I love linked would be a better choice for a low tech tank.





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You don't want to run a T5HO fixture over this tank unless you're setting up a high tech tank, with pressurized CO2 and a weekly if not daily fertilizer regimen.

The T5NO fixture I love linked would be a better choice for a low tech tank.
good point lauralee,didnt think about that
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Why not just take out some gravel and toss in a bag of eco-complete or flourite? You could put all of your fish in a couple buckets, and since you are only just starting a planted tank you don't have plants currently, why not take your gravel out toss down a rinsed bag of flourite or eco-comp, and then top with your gravel. Yes it will mix up in the long run, but aslong as you are using the water from the tank, the same filter, rinse the flourite thoroughly, top with your gravel, pour original water from the tank back into the tank on to a plate(won't stir up the flourite) your fish will be fine. I know a long list. I have personally done this exact same thing, other than upgrading tank size from a 30 to a 50 at the same time. I lost 1 fish a gold ram (notoriously finicky). That's my two cents.
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^^^^^^ This should take care of your supplement issue for the most part, and save you money in the long run.
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I use plain gravel in my 55 gal. and i have lots of plants. both Stem and Swords plants
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^^^^^^ This should take care of your supplement issue for the most part, and save you money in the long run.
hey thanx for the input. will def consider that.
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I use plain gravel in my 55 gal. and i have lots of plants. both Stem and Swords plants
glasscat, do you use any supplements for your plants?
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