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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Very new- first planted tank- need some help please. 

Hi Everyone

My name is Ty and I hope I made a great choice in wanting to start a planted tank! I have been reading so much and I think with no knowledge of planted tanks I do not want to go crazy but I think starting slow would be a good way to go. I have had experience with fresh water fish tanks and salt water tanks but never planted tanks.

I just recently purchased a Fluval Edge at a great deal. I plan on upgrade the LEDs with the MR11 12 volt 50/50 SMD LED wide angles with 160 lumens, 2.1 watt.

What I would like to do is have some plants that are low light growing plants with nice ground coverage. Maybe in the future add some high light growing plants all well.

My first question is what substrate would be best? I have read that ADA is good, Soil Master Select (no longer available) Turface, Eco complete? I do like the darker substrate and I’m leaning towards the Eco complete- any advice?
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I think people overdo the substrate. My substrate is just pool filter sand and tahitian moon sand. Completely inert, no nutrient value at all. I use fert tabs for anything that is a root feeder and the rest just absorbs from the water column.
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Great to know. Is sand hard to maintain?
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not really. It sucks up easier then gravel, but most people will tell you it is a better substrate then gravel for plants. Some worry about anaerobic gasses, but in 6 years of planted tank for me, no such issues.
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