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Hi. I am new to planted aquariums. I had FW fish before but now I have a 155g reef, a 90g Reef and a 30g long FOWLR. I took down the 30g and cleaned it to convert it to a planted tank. I have a Coralife 2x96w lamp but I think this is overkill. They run too hot and this tank will have no chiller. I though of using just one bulb but I decided to use this lamp on my 90g reef to compliment the MH. Yesterday I bought a Coralife FW T5 Double Strip 42w. I was amazed, they are so bright and small. Anyway I'm going to buy another one today since they have a special and it cost me $50.00. This is 84w but the substrate will add about 3-4" on the bottom and this is a fairly shallow tank. For the filter I decided to dump the sump system and bought a Emperor 280 w/ Bio Wheel recomended by a friend who uses it in a FW fish only tank. He told me anything bigger (Emperor 400) would be too strong for the plants. I plan to use Eco-Complete mixed with Laterite. I plan on keeping a pair of ramirezi (hopefully breed them), 2-3 cory cats and algae eaters (otocinclus).

1. Is this enough light for "moderate plants" (anubias) ?
2. Is this filter enough? I do WC every other week in all my tanks.
3. How do you buffer water?
4. Is it a good idea to change the bulbs 1:3 Full Spectrum:6700k?
5. How do you feel about Carbo-Plus with a ph controller? (just research 4 now)
6. Open Top vs. Versa-Top?
7. When is it safe to add plants?

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elpezpr,

Welcome to the forum, and planted tanks! I too am pretty new to all this and had asked similar questions.

1. I think it will be plenty of light for moderate plants. with the 84w you have about 2.8w/ gallon.
2. I would think the filter would be fine especially if you keep up with the WCs. some people feel that the bio wheel will be harmful to the plants but I havent seen any real proof of that and I personally really like the emperor filters.
3. I didnt buffer my water at all, I took mine right from the tap to the tank.
4. This one I dont really know the answer to. Sorry
5. Havent had any experience with it. Im using DIY yeast.
6. I think it comes down to preference I like the open top look better but I cant do it because my cat would make a smiwwing pool of my tank.
7. I added my plants the day I set the tank up. and added fish the following day.

I hope I was of some help and Im sure your questions will be answered shortly by some of the more experienced members here.

once again welcome

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You have a lot of questions, as we all did when we started a planted tank. Here is a simple, easy to understand, entertaining website where you can spend a couple of hours and learn the answers to the questions: Rex's Planted Tank Summary If you still have questions afterwards, we can answer most of them.

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Hi. Thanks for the replies and the link. Will keep reading. Any book recomendations?
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