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Before planting low budget 55g

Hey people I'm looking into planting a low budget 55g and wondered what I should get before buying the plants. I'll be running a Odyssea 2x54w light with 1 6500k hardware store bulb and the Actinic bulb that came with the light to try to keep it a low to medium lighted tank with 1/2 petco gravel (like 1/4"+ size gravel) and 1/2 eco complete. Not sure of the plants to plant yet but would like to get an idea of what test kits and ferts I should get. I have gH, kH, Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and Ph reg and high test kits. Any ideas would be welome, Thank
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With a low tech, the fertilization may not even be needed. check in the lighting section and review the PAR sticky, just to make sure you know where your lighting would be.
As to test kits a lot of people use API, I have never used one lol so can't tell you!

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Sounds like you will be in the medium light range. I would use flourish excel as a all inclusive supplement.
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I wouldn't use anything but good substrate and good water filtration and flow. I have recently been keeping a tank that relies only on its substrate (akadama) it's the middle tank on my signature. Plants thrive but are slower growing, no algae at all but I have shrimp in it. Good luck!


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Sounds like you will be in the medium light range. I would use flourish excel as a all inclusive supplement.
I do have 2 500ml bottles of the Excel being shipped now so thats good to hear. Should I also get some of the Seachem Flourish Comprehensive? I change out 8 gallons twice weekly but would like to cut back on them if the plants do their thing.
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I do have 2 500ml bottles of the Excel being shipped now so thats good to hear. Should I also get some of the Seachem Flourish Comprehensive? I change out 8 gallons twice weekly but would like to cut back on them if the plants do their thing.
Sure, can't hurt.
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