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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-19-2017, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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New to planted tanks, planting my 30g Tank

Hello, I have kept fish tanks for awhile but never really kept plants. I prefer live plants but I have only ever had a few Anubias in my tanks. I am going to setup my 30g cube tank (19x21x20) heavily planted. I would also like to (if possible) use this tank to grow plants for my other tanks which have the same (but different sized) lighting, and sand as substrate. Here is what I have currently
30 Gallon Tank
Rena Filstar Xp3 Filter
100W Heater set at 77 degrees
20" Finnex Planted+ Light
Fluorite substrate (bottom)
Eco complete (top)
Ordered live aquaria plant pack ultimate for 55g
Glowlight Tetra x10
Rummy nose Tetra x10
Angelfish x1 (to encourage schooling)
And I will probably add a small school of cories (5) and a bristle nose pleco when algae starts to grow
The tank has been setup bare bottomed with just a few fish for 3 weeks (1 week just fish flakes, 2 weeks with a few clown loaches that will go in another tank) and has 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrites 20-30 Nitrates pH 7.6 gH/kH 4. I am going to remove all of the water when I put in the substrate in a few days but the filter should be able to hold the cycle while I do that.

Will I need to add fertilizers?

How do I do co2? I would like to just use the bottle and regulator method but I don't really know what to do. There is a guy on Craigslist selling 5lb filled bottles for $55 and I will need some sort of regulator? I have airline tubing already. Would 1 or 2 of these be a good idea? Fluval Mini Pressurized 20g-CO2 Kit - 0.7 ounces


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 05:39 PM
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Honestly. None of those plants need added co2 so if it were me I'd just skip the co2 all together for now. Eco-complete and fluorite don't have any nutrients in them. However, they hold nutrients that you add very well. I'd start dosing the day after you plant if it were me. That plant package has a lot of heavy root feeders.
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