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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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What do I need to get started

I would like to set up my 20 gallon as a planted tank. Not looking for a high teck set up by any means and not looking for outstanding growth, just enough to fiddle with now and then

so this is what I have right now, will this work? or do I need to add or get better items. I've done a small amount of research but don't want to get all caught up in the expensive fancy stuff if I don't need it

20 gallon standard aquarium
standard flourescent light with flora gro bulb- 18watt I beleive
heater
1-3mm natural gravel stubstrate

what else do I need or should I consider before starting
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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fertilisers for basic setup i would recomend root tabs and small column dosing with liquids. Some individuals run setups without ferts or c02 and they work fine just depends what plants your looking at ??

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Personally, I would update the lighting unless all you were going to put in there were mosses or anubias. A T5NO fixture would provide adequate lighting for that tank. By the way, is the tank a 20H or 20L?

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+1 on the upgraded lighting. T5's are popular because they provide a lot of light for little fixtures and smaller tanks. I run 2 fixtures on my 15 gallon without CO2, just excel and liquid ferts.
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