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My first planted aquarium

Ok so i'm completely new to planted tanks but I wanted to know if I have a good start. I have a 55g aquarium with a new HOT Magnum cannister filter (the old tetra dried out and burned up while i was gone last weekend). I am using DIY co2 injected into the intake of a powerhead.

The tank is stocked with 5 platies and 5 black widow tetras that have been in their about a year. The ph ranges beetween 8.2(from the tap) and 7.9 with co2.

The lighting is a 55w compact from my old saltwater setup on one side and 2 15w fixtures on the other. I am on a very tight budget so ligthing improvements may not be possible.

On the brighter side of the aquarium I put in Micro swords in the foreground, moneywort in the back and a plant i have yet to identify as the pet store didn't know. On the dimmer side of the aquarium i have 2 anubias, a melon sword, and more of that unidentified plant(perhaps one of you can identify it from the pictures).

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PS:This forum has been a big help to me so far so ty to all of you.
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A closer look at the unidentified plant

Here is the plant i haven't been able to ID
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That is anacharis my friend, it's an extremely easy plant to care for
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That is anacharis my friend, it's an extremely easy plant to care for
Thank you thats good to know
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Anacharis can also cause havoc on local waterways so be careful disposing of it if the time comes.

Pick up a few different types of sword plants (e.tennelus, amazon sword, etc) and cryptocorynes, all are pretty tough and aren't too demanding.

Once you start filling it in more with plants, root tabs would be a good pick up for you. Just follow the instructions on the box.

I have a 40 gallon tall tank with stock crappo lighting and my amazon swords are Enormous! All I use basically are a general liquid fertilizer and root tabs to keep em healthy.

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you should throw in some wisteria also it grows big and fast and is fairly easy also, tho i would put it on the brighter side
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Ty for the advice
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Another concern

I am also somewhat concerned as i noticed the temperature of the tank is up to 79 degrees now (new lighting maybe?) Is this gonna be a problem? The ambient room temp is at 75.
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if your light is creating heat i would just turn your heater down a little bit. just keep an eye on it. if it produced to much heat you might be able to get away with out using a heater all together
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if your light is creating heat i would just turn your heater down a little bit. just keep an eye on it. if it produced to much heat you might be able to get away with out using a heater all together
I agree if you're room temp is 75deg you might be able to get away with using no heater (though I would still recommend having one on hand for emergency purposes).

Well the snail trap is not working. Maybe wrong bait. I did not have cucumber or cabbage at home so I put some banana instead but they all climb to the wall of the tank. Maybe they know it is a trap. Will try one more night and observe. This time with cucumber which is recommended. ~ CHUNTC
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