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Low-light plants, ferts via column not roots....?

As title says, due to some major $ issues my plans for a nice pretty 75g to play with, with big giant expensive lights. Is a no go. Of course, I need to stop planning things!!! Decided to put the money into buying toys to step on, furniture to stub my toes on, and...crafty stuff so i can try for an hour to get bright pink glitter outta my carpet after my child misses the page!!!

So I decided to try my hand at a low-light tank. Prob a 40br.

I will be doing gravel or sand, or a mix, not sure yet. I am assuming though, that certain plants will have more trouble rooting in sand?

I will suppliment with liqued ferts and DIY CO2. But I don't think I want to mess with substrate a bunch. I need simple and clean (:

so some i know for sure:
mosses
java fern
anubias types
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Sand compacts around roots better than gravel, so plants should be stay put more easily in the sand. You may want to put root tabs anyway, as everything helps for plants and it's quite easy to just stick them in there with tweezers. As a matter of fact, that is probably more cost effective than liquid ferts (that will burn you tons of $ in the long run if you are buying lots of liquid ferts). This way, you can keep the dosing to a minimum and just run your lights.

Anyways, if you still don't want to do that, there's always java fern and anubias species, which you don't actually plant in the ground (stick them on driftwood or in the ground but with their rhizomes above the ground). Those will work well. Other species are plants like wisteria, pennywort, and anacharis. There's a lot more too; just depends on what you want.

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I've seen a very very nice tanks with just Java Moss & Java fern.

I use Water Lettuce & Hornwort in some tanks to control light, calm fish and control ammonia spikes.
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ive seena couple too and their reallly neat to look at and a lot more calmin with lower lights instead of bright ones.

never done sand before, but tempted to try it (: though i may end up using xmas moss on the substrate via mesh, if i used rocks, would it at least give it something to kind ofhold onto?

hubby likes the idea of low lights (his wallet does too)
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Be sure to check out this thread if you haven't already:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lo...-tell-low.html

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