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Red face my first new 80g dirted tank :-)

What do u all think and any pointers would be great :-)
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Traditionally with dirted tanks you want to start out with LOTS of plants, like 80%+ ground cover. Also include some floating plants. This is to get some control on the massive amounts of nutrients dirt provides, so as not to have an algae outbreak. A lot of times, people will throw in a bunch of stem plants and floaters just for the beginning to accomplish this, until the plants they really want grow in, then take the stems and floaters out.
Grats on your start though, and good luck!
P.S. I have plenty of frogbit if you'd like some, and wanna meet up in the Northampton area...
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Thanks for the offer but northhampton is about 50 min from where i live :-) for some frogbit but i do wish i had some im in need of some lol i did plant more plants since the picture for example some sprite and more durf grass i did order duckweed from ebay for 3 bucks waiting on that and i have witch im so excited about by the way a madagascar lace plant i bought from petco very lil and dying i planted it and it was dying in this tank even worst i moved it to my shrimp tank and OMG its going got green and its growing im so excited!!!! its in a plastic container in the lil fish tank but with Fluval Stratum Substrate it was expensive but omg well worth it im actually thinking of removing the dirt and sand out the 80 gallon tank and replacing with Fluval Stratum Substrate i did the math thats about $250 but i think its well worth it :-) what do you think??
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I've only used dirt for planted tanks, so can't speak on other substrates, except that I feel dirt does just fine and don't see a need to personally spend loads of money on the fancy ones...
I also have a buddy that simply uses a deep gravel substrate with an UGF. No ferts, just plenty of fish and food providing nutrients to the plants, and they grow beautifully.
So again, I may be cheap, but just don't see the need for fancy, expensive substrates...
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your right but only if you see how nice this stuff is it just looks great and works great i might just stay with dirt tho we will see
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I second on Qwe, but if you need floater, I have duck weed, water lettuces and a little amount of riccia fluitans and naja grass. I am located in Sturbridge,

if you are free next week Tuesday around 7:30pm, check the Worcester aquarium society.
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i would be free on tuesday where would you like to meet id love some plants :-)
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My 2 cents on the stratum is what i've seen in person is in about a year it breaks down to what you could imagine kitty liter looks like submerged after awhile. A wet dust bowl. It's clay for the most part, that is formed in a die, and heated to dry.

If your proactive in meddling with your tank like a lot of us, once it breaks down, the cloudy mess becomes annoying. If your set on the look the mr aqua version seems to hold up better. Just some food for thought :-)

I'm not into the image, but into the hobby...
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thanks for the advice very helpful
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