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Please tell me if this sounds like a sound plan

OK Folks,

Please tell me if this sounds like a sound plan. I’m a plant newby.

Current:
60 gal tank (4’)
2 sponge filters powered by power-heads.
Substrate: Bottom ½” - potting soil dusted with crushed coral. Middle 1.25” – Eco complete. Top 1.25” – Flourite.
Fauna will be very light: a bunch of shrimp and a school of some little fish TBD.
Lights: 2 X 54W T5 18” above tank.
CO2 – DIY + Excel.
Ferts – ½ of the EI method for this size tank.

It’s been running with very low lights, 1 large piece of driftwood, several Anubias, and about 20 cherry & tiger shrimp for about 1 month (cycled before that). Shrimp doing fine.

Installing T5 lights & adding a boatload of plants & a few little fish this weekend.

Future would be to add pressurized CO2, lower (more like 8" instead of 18") lights, and increase EI to full strength.

How about my lights, CO2, ferts, substrate, lotts-o-plants method for getting started.
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I wouldn't even bother with DIY CO2 on that size tank. Since you're suspending your fixture, between that and Excel, there's a good chance you can knock out any algae pretty quickly.

Just be careful not to exceed your planned substrate depth when it comes to actual execution and be careful about your potting soil choice.

Sounds like a good plan to me.





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I'm no expert, but is two sponge filters attached to powerheads enough filtration for a 60gal.?
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Should be, given the powerheads and sponges are big enough.

Really the biggest concern in a planted tank is flow. Plants are pretty effective in of themselves as bio and chemical filters, and mechanical CAN be handled through pruning and by vacuuming during water changes...

Sponges are great both bio and mechanical filters.





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I would ditch the DIY CO2, and maybe bump up the filteration a little. Also, won't crushed coral effect you water chemistry? (gH and pH)
Other then that, it sounds good!

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I'm with Laura with the filtration. Very light bio-load and lots-o-plants. In the reefers world, this tank IS a filter.

I only added a little crushed coral.

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