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My first planted tank.

Its a 29 gallon. small, but OK! I think its almost where I want it, kind of disappointed in the gravel, I think its makes the bottom of the tank look to bright, so I ordered some dwarf baby tears last night and hopefully I can get them to cover the bottom, My CO2 system seems to work quite well, good absorption of the CO2 in to the water, lots of bubbles, but few make it to the surface, I will make improvements on the lighting today, I will go with 2 T-5 tubes and get rid of the 1 T-8. any suggestions?
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looks very cool!

i like the look of the flourite

all your plants look healthy...


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Your substrate will start to look a little more dull in time with that tiny green algae that always grows on the substrate a bit and other things. So it won't look like that forever.

I don't think it looks bad; it complements your driftwood and red plants nicely.

Joy to the fishes!
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Be careful about adding T5HO lights to a 29 gallon tank. Just a single T5HO bulb with a typical highly polished single bulb reflector can give you enough light that you have to keep the CO2 content in the water near the maximum the fish can accept, or algae will take over. Two of those bulbs will give more light than can be managed unless you raise the light fixture 6-8 inches to reduce the intensity.

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looks very cool!

i like the look of the flourite

all your plants look healthy...
Thanks, I seen the pics of your tank, quite gorgeous it is, I would leave the rock, seems quite in place to me, you have a few plants in there that I am very curious about on what they are.
almost makes me wonder if in the near future I want to do another reef tank or stay with a planted tank.
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You know what? You have red substrate. Why not add a red floating plant to even it out? I'd suggest red root floaters. They look very pretty and have red roots hanging down a few inches in the water column. I'd really like to see it :p

Plus, it will make it look a little bit more mysterious.
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Got my Dwarf Baby Tears today, roots were quite small, so it was not easy to plant and I put some on the driftwood, I did want to pull it out, so I did what I could, hope it works.
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You know what? You have red substrate. Why not add a red floating plant to even it out? I'd suggest red root floaters. They look very pretty and have red roots hanging down a few inches in the water column. I'd really like to see it :p

Plus, it will make it look a little bit more mysterious.
Red floaters huh? would that not take to much light from the plants below? I think I might end up getting some duckweed, it came in with the plant and I am sure I didn't fish it all out.
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Actually looks pretty good to me too! Great job!
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Actually looks pretty good to me too! Great job!
Thanks james, looking at it now I should have tried to find me some flame moss instead, I like the darker green color, hopefully my entire bottom will be covered with that stuff, thats cool.
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This how it looks today, got some plants coming in today, so I will make some adjustments. oddly enough, all my baby tears floated away 1 by 1, so that was a big failure.
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Red floaters huh? would that not take to much light from the plants below? I think I might end up getting some duckweed, it came in with the plant and I am sure I didn't fish it all out.
If you keep on top of culling out the growth you can keep it open enough to let enough light through. It grows quickly, but easily controllable.


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