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My "new" fresh water tank

Hey guys, this is my "new" fresh water tank. I say "new" because it's not really new, but it is the first time I submit pictures of it LOL

Definitely done stocking, however still want to add more plants to it. I wanted to maybe add some dwarf grass to make it grow like a carpet type thing..
What do you guys think?

Im open to suggestions! let me know!





I do not know much about planted tanks, this is as far as ive gotten keeping plants lol I am more of a saltwater guy, but definitely want to try out the planted tank world.
I have fluval LEDs in this aquarium, rated for 24-36 inch.. A total of 8 Watts. 7500k 500lumens.. This is a 20G tank btw..
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I want to be able to keep a good mat of baby tear (dwarf).. I am not sure if this lights are enough to keep them however.
I am only able to dose leaf zone for Iron and some other nutrients plus maybe some API CO2... but I can't buy anything fancy.

I may be able to buy stronger lights
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...5&pcatid=24725
But that's a probably not.. but MAYBE..

Eitherway, please let me know! thanks!
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most people say that dwarf baby tears cant be grown without pressurized c02. thats not to say it hasnt worked before, but its not easy at all for someone new to plants.

Are you running the Fugeray light right now? Regardless, I wouldnt upgrade the lighting
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most people say that dwarf baby tears cant be grown without pressurized c02. thats not to say it hasnt worked before, but its not easy at all for someone new to plants.

Are you running the Fugeray light right now? Regardless, I wouldnt upgrade the lighting
I am running this
http://www.petco.com/product/122549/...FVNo7AodP20AlA

I started just trying to make a regular freshwater tank, however, I started liking the idea of a planted tank. I can't really afford the bigger lights or to begin dosing pressurized Co2. I could dose regular API Co2 in a bottle and maybe some other cheaper supplements but that's about it.

Im new to this so I really don't know what I can support right now.
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I am running this
http://www.petco.com/product/122549/...FVNo7AodP20AlA

I started just trying to make a regular freshwater tank, however, I started liking the idea of a planted tank. I can't really afford the bigger lights or to begin dosing pressurized Co2. I could dose regular API Co2 in a bottle and maybe some other cheaper supplements but that's about it.

Im new to this so I really don't know what I can support right now.
oh lol sorry, you said you had fluval leds and my mind read finnex.
anyways - you dont really need high lighting or pressurized c02 for a good planted tank. check out the journals in the low tech subforumn, there are plenty of awesome examples. the idea is to get low light plants (here is a great list about 1/2 down the page https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=56042&page=7) and enough light to get them growing nicely without having too much light to grow algae. I know nothing about your lights, so I cant really help you... you can check out this thread (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=184368) to get an idea on which light to buy. (the charts on that page are awesome!)


all in all, low tech tanks are nice since you dont have to spend a lot of $$ or tooo much time pruning them. you may need to add a little fertalizer or root tabs, but its not too bad.
what ever you do, dont give up
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