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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Need help planning my first heavily planted tank

i'm making plans for a 220 gal planted tank. i've decided to bite the bullet and go for the two 3 x 96 watt fixtures from AH supply. i'm also going to spring for the fully automatic Co2 sys so there's less worrying.

substrate will be a thin layer of peat moss covered with 2" of silica sand(a coarse, clean sand). i've used this sand before and it worked very well. it's also $7 for a 100 lb bag from the local body shop so the price is right.

any suggestions on filtration? i'd like to go with cannister filters, unless you think plumbing a sump would be better(something i have never done).

this will be a warm water tank(temp 82-83F).
i'd love suggestions for plants or help with drawing a landscape. i have lots of texas driftwood that is sort of chestnut color.

what other trace elements should i have handy? city water is pretty neutral(ph 7.2-7.6). my water change plans were for 25% weekly(discus are adults).

occupants will be discus, rainbows, coaries, rams, and either cardinal or rummy nose tetras. i have lots of fish experience but very little plant exp.

thanks for everything,

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 07:38 PM
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I would go with around 3" depth on the substrate. Also get some laterite and put right on top of the peat moss.

I would go with canister filters. For a tank that size the Ocean Clear line is very hard to beat. You could go with a couple of them and a couple of pumps that will deliver around 600 gph each at your designed head.

For ferts it's hard to beat the products that Greg Watson sells. If you need additional calcium in the water get some calcium chloride. If you need magnesium get Epsom salts.

Greg sells Plantex CSM+B that works great for trace elements for the plants. Also has the KH2PO4 for phosphates, K2SO4 for potassium and KNO3 for nitrates.
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