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First planted tank 20 gal long

just looking for some thoughts/info/constructive criticism..

i have had fish tanks for over 15 years , from 20gal to 300 gal tanks.
from aggressive tanks(florida gar/pbass/datnoids) to my favorite, discus tanks.(which i will eventually start again once i can do my in the wall tank) all of which have had live plants at some point but i never focused on them.
i have done a ton of research as i always do when i set up my tanks.

here is what i will be adding within a week or so:
dwarf hairgrass
microsword narrow leaf
and cardinal lobelia cardinalis

currently i do not have CO2 injection
i add flourish excel and root tabs will be added in a day or 2.
i am using a 48in 2bulb light fixture(why buy a smaller one when i already had this) with (2) t8 32 watt daylight (6500k)

thanks for looking ,, let me know what you think


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keep at it, I have a 20L thread going thats not very active as I just started adding plants.

As far as plants try to stay with hardy types that dont need high light or co2.

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The individual pebble size of your gravel is too large to hold any small foreground plant like a hairgrass or microsword. You may want to get a finer substrate even if its a cheaper big box store one like eco-complete or floramax.

Your light should be adequate if you choose the right plants. The plants you mentioned may survive with out CO2 but probably won't thrive or grow fast. It appears that you have mondo grass in your tank now. If this is what was sold to you from a big box store, then it is not a true aquatic. By putting it under water, it will die off.

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thanks,, i will look into that....
i was thinking of adding floramax... that might be my next step
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I don't use Co2 injection but use Excel almost daily. I've had good success with crypts and hygrophilia compact, as well as dwarf lilies and chain swords. Also java ferns and anubias tied to driftwood do well. I have a Finnex FugeRay LED light on a 20 long tank.

I've never been able to grow dwarf hair grass.
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