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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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I work at a local pet and aquarium store. We have a pretty nice selection of fresh and saltwater fish and coral. lately we have gotten alot of customers asking about planted tanks. I have always wanted to setup a planted tank but just havent taken the time to do so. I researched what it would take and was about to setup one at the store when I thought about a few things.

I will not be using this tank just for display. I will be selling out of this tank. I was wandering if a layered approach with florite and sand would be best or florite and gravel. it will be pretty dense and lit with pcs or ho t5s. I am planning on using a 40 gallon breeder that I already have set up. Ill just move the fish and drain the water. ill leave the filters set up for the bacteria.

Dont know if i will need to have co2 or weather ill need to dose any nitrates.

Any suggestions on plants to carry or things to do. I just really dont want to ignore this group of customers needs any longer. We enjoy having a good relationship with our patrons and have been here for 20 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 01:33 AM
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I wouldn't bother layering with sand. Sand has a tendency to go anaerobic when it's deep. I just use straight flourite in my tanks and use root tabs to keep some nutrients in the substrate.

If you run anything besides low light in that tank, then you should dose nutrients. CO2 can only help also.
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