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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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I am starting my aquarium again from a recent move. I would like to use a lot of plants. I have a 55 gal, UGF, 1 cm gravel, and a Whisper 60. Do I plant fish or plant first?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 08:16 PM
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... is more substrate, more lighting, co2, THEN plants. Dont do what I did and set your plants up for their death, research how to provide a healthy enviroment for your plants, and you can have a beautiful tank and save yourself some frustration in the process. good luck
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What type of substrates do you recommend? I currently have 1 cm gravel. Do I need something smaller.

I read the thread on DIY CO2 addition...I will give that a try.:hehe:
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I would do a flourite and sand mix.. I love that look , Im ready to buy another tank just for that ! Do lots of reading my friend... like lorax said... forethought is the best advantage to a beautiful tank !:hehe::hehe::hehe:

I am also really getting the hankering to take the top off my tank ... its just so nice to look down into them
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As far as lighting:

I have two 15W fluorescent plant lights. One thread stated for good plant growth, I should have 110 W for my 55 gal aquarium. Can these be converted to higher Watts?
Where can I buy parts or a whole new fixture(s)?
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Yes your lights can be converted....i take it those lights are 18"....there is a post in the Lighting forum about overdriving lights for 4foot and 18" bulbs check it out!....heres the link


https://www.plantedtank.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=208

10 gallon low-tech Betta bowl...for now.
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and when people said 110watts of light that is the MINUMAL you should have to grow the lesser light plants.....the ideal range is from 2-4watts per gallon of light....you can buy all the parts you need from Home Depot/Lowes are most any hardware store of your choice

10 gallon low-tech Betta bowl...for now.
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Thanks! I will give this a try. I look forward to having a "natural" waterscape!
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You can add both at the same time. Plants dont need to be in a cycled tank like fish do. Just make sure when your adding fish, that you pick a hardy species. I used swordtails in the tank I was cycling and I never had any trouble with that.
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I chose 6 Serpaes (tetras) to cycle my tank.

I have a question: the local pet store recommended Marineland Labs BIO-Spira bacteria. He claims the if you add this the tank, it does not go thru a "break-in" cycle. Has anyone use this stuff?

The link is http://www.marinelandlabs.com/products/mllabs.html

I bought to try it out. I am monitoring the NH3, pH, nitrites, and nitrates daily. I am not convinced....but I will try it. What do you think?
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