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Want to start a planted tank, need advise

Hi,

Im new to planted tanks, i really really like the way they look and want to change my tank at home over to a planted tank. Currently i have a 10gal tank at work and a 30 gal tank at home, so im useto keeping fish. My tank at home, right now i have a rather large stone bottom, that i would guess i would have to change out. Ive read on there that Eco-complete is good. What stores can i get that in? Also for fish i have 2 big kissing Gourami's 2 small tiger barbs, 1 diano. What would i need to do to convert this over to a planted tank. I know i would have to remove my fish, which i have a spare 10 gal tank for.

Any help would be great.
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What type of lighting do you have over the 30G?

Where in NJ are you?

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One easy way to add lots of plants without jacking up the light or changing the substrate is to go for java ferns and moss (preferably secured to a big rock, coconut shell, or floating bark) since both plants take nutrients from the water directly (rather than the substrate) do well in low light, look nice, and are generally super easy. Great beginner plants in other words.
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What type of lighting do you have over the 30G?

Where in NJ are you?

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Well right now I have just the standred light that comes with a basic tank, I figured I would have to upgrade to more powerful light, which isnt a problem.
I would assume i would need about 60 watts of light, right now i have a 3ft flor. light. What can i use for substrate? should i use just Eco-complete or maybe put a little bit of sand ontop of that?

Im in west milford nj, about 30 mins up 208 and over skyline drive
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Take a few minutes and read my Guide. It will answer questions you have not even thought to ask.
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All right! West Milford!

We'll have to get you involved with some of the "plant locals"!

Upgrading your lighting is going to be a good place to start. Reading Rex's FAQ is an even better place to start!

Adding sand to the larger stone isn't going to work too well. The sand is going to settle to the bottom of the aquarium, under the stone. Eco-Complete is a good substrate, if you are up to changing.

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Take a few minutes and read my Guide. It will answer questions you have not even thought to ask.

That is a great guide, answered a bunch of my questions. The only other questions I will have is when it comes time to changing my substrate, which to use, what to use and also, how to attach plants to drift wood other than that i should be all set, im working on making an ext c02 reactor out of pvc and im going to see if i can get a cheap c02 tank and then start switching it over. Thanks for all the help so far
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