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Well i have been in this hobby for about 5 months now and my knowledge about anything fish never stops growing.

My first aquarium was a 5gal with one sword

My second aquarium was a 10gal with 2 wisteria's

My third is a 60gal and its still in the process of starting

What i am asking is that for any and all planted tank enthusiast's if you have anys tips about keeping a planted freshwater aquarium any tips at all plz post it here. It doesnt' matter what its about it can be about dosing,plant choice, water chemistry, fish, lighting , heating, Co2, or even sanils or shrimp just plz post any advice at all.


Now come on lets see how much feedback we can get.
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How about - earn a lot of money!
More seriously, how about research first, and make a plan, before you buy anything.
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Use the search function aggressively and keep asking questions. Worked well for me and I'm still learning much after my second year learning about this terrific hobby. Good luck.
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For me, that would be... realizing that plants need balanced light and nutrients. Really simple, but once light and nutrients are balanced, things just fall into place.


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Read! Please! Read.

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Go with a pressurized CO2 set-up from the start.

Spend the money on a nice "designer" substrate.

Realize that when you post a question on how to dose ferts into so many gallons the answers only get you in the ball park, everyone's situation is different.

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The ultimate planted aquarium tip: Liebig's Law of the Minimum (the capacity of the barrel is limited by the length of the shortest stave). As Wasserpest said, the amount of nutrients, light and CO2 need to be balanced, in other words, you need enough of them all.

The ultimate planted aquarium tip number 2: Christel Kasselmann. My friend just gave me the Kasselmann's Aquarium Plants -book and I'd love to keep it close to me always from now on (a Kasselmann book is the most precious gift you can give to a planted tank hobbyist (who doesn't have it yet)).

And well, it is important to know as much as possible about the subject you are interested in, so read, read, read, ask, ask, ask. This forum is filled with great knowledge and the amount of the knowledge just keeps growing every moment. So, www.plantedtank.net would be the third ultimate planted aquarium tip.

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Never drop your light fixture in your aquarium then reach in to pull it out.

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I agree balance is the key, but I would add one factor - plant biomass. Light, nutrients, and plant mass all need to be in balance. You need to start out with a lot of plants. It is expensive to get started, skimping in any one area will just cause you problems and more cash down the road to fix it.
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probably take things slow. never have impulse buys.... and read read read... ask ask ask ask ask... search search search search search...

you get the idea!

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Never drop your light fixture in your aquarium then reach in to pull it out.
nice!
I agree with most here. I have been on for a while now and I have yet to put a drop of water in the tank yet, untill my research is done.
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Another set of good tips - which I'm stealing from Kassellman btw - is to buy enough plants right from the start. Splurge on plants and make sure you buy plenty. Buy several bunches/pots of fewer species rather than one pot of everything. Make a plan and have "backup plants" to replace the ones you wnat if those are not available. Get submerged growth forms from the very start if you can, and always put in a bunch of fast growers into a new tank to combate algae.


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or make impulse decisions.
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read read read... ask ask ask ask ask... search search search search search.
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Go with a pressurized CO2 set-up from the start.
If you are going 2+ watts per gallon, I 100% agree.
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PATIENCE, you will experience things so frustrating that you almost want to give up. It WILL happen, Green Water, algae in all its forms, ferts being off, water parameters, lights falling into your tank. And when they do happen have the patience to persevere. . .If you need encouragement simply remember the difference between a planted tank and one with plastic plants.
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First: find a good planted aquarium forum, then spend at least an hour a day reading it.
Second: discover Rex's website, and spend as much time as you can on it until you think you understand it.
Third: decide how much work you are willing to put into this hobby.
Fourth: only after the above, start looking for your tank, light, etc.

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