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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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Setting up a planted tank.

Hey y’all. I currently have a 20 gallon with all fake plants and now that I have some experience I feel like having a go at a planted tank. The tricky bit is I have no clue what I need to do to convert it. Any advice is welcome, thanks. Ps the pic is my current tank
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Plants need 4 things, although some may argue only 3. Nutrients, light, good substrate, and Co2. Some say you can go with plain sand, with good results, like Greggz, but from what i have seen, plants are bushier with a good substrate.

Nutrients: Read into Microdosing, you can order an EI dosing kit from Green Leaf Aquatics.
Light: Light and Co2 should be based off of each other, read into balancing the two. Any light designed for plants should be good, or you can buy some T5 grow lights from . A 2ft 2 bulb light should be good.
Co2: Definitely do your research. On a small tank like yours, DIY can be good: the King of DIY has a good video on that. If you have the money, look into a full pressurized Co2 system.
Substrate: Either sand with a bunch of root tabs or ADA aquasoil is good. Ecocomplete, stratum, and that stuff is pretty much inert. ADA soil can be bought on AquaforestAquarium website.

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If you have no experience with a planted tank I would go with a low tech (no co2) planted tank.

You will need a good substrate, such as Seachem Flourite or Eco Complete. Starting off with a good substrate is important. Another thing you'll need is good lighting. I doubt your current lighting will grow plants well. A light designed for plants at your LFS should do well. You can use Seachem Flourish fertilizer to enhance plant growth.

Start out with hardy plants such as Anubias, Cryptocoryne, Water Sprite, and Java fern.
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