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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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I am starting a planted 10-gallon. I just ordered a light that will afford me about 2.8 watts per gallon. My substrate is 3" of eco-complete. I have no fish yet, so I don't have to take existing fish into consideration in choosing plants.

I don't know enough about aquatic plants yet to have a preference on species, so I'm looking at picking up at 10-gallon assortment from the Aquatic Plant depot: Does this seem like a decent assortment to start with? I'm mainly just wanting to get a feel for how to keep aquatic plants, and will hand choose my plants when I plant a bigger tank.
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I think the package you're looking to get will be nice in a 10, but for a new tank I would want to see it more heavily planted with 2.8wpg. It just makes things easier going through that difficult breakin period from the standpoint of algae.

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I'd have to agree with James here, that seems like a decent package for the price,but you will want to get more fast-growing nutrient hogs for when you are starting the tank.


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That is a nice long term group of plants, make this a third vote for adding something else to the mix for the short term. Planting either a Myriophyllum sp., or Rotala rotundifolia, or Hemianthus micranthemoides, or even Hygrophila difformis could save you a lot of headaches.


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Thanks for the advice. I will heed it, since you all likely know way better than I can even begin to guess.
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