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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-18-2007, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need?

I currently have a Juwel Rio 400 fish tank. For those not familiar, its 151cm x 51cm x 61cm (l x w x h) and contrary to the Rio 400 label, it holds ~360 litres water, with 2cm depth sand substrate and a bit of bogwood. It comes with lighting and an internal filter as standard, however the lighting is poor - 0.9wpg (UK gallons).

My water from the tap is exceptionally soft, dKh = <1, dGh <1. I have to buffer the tank with coral gravel just to keep it stable.

The tank currently houses 10 medium sized discus, 20 corydoras, and quite a few plecs of various kinds. I'm aware I may need to remove the plecs to another tank , but I want to plant the tank out.

That’s the whole point of the post really, what do I need to do to the tank to help plants grow and look amazing.

1. What substrate is best to use?
2. How do I best improve the lighting?
3. What ferts will I require, and how often do I need to add them?
4. What CO2 unit is easiest, best, most reasonably priced?
5. What can I expect it to cost?????? (That's from the wife )

I know its a little bit open ended, but I just need a pointer in the right direction.

Many thanks

Tom
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-18-2007, 04:39 PM
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The following site with answer a lot of your questions: Rex Grigg's site

As for cost, it can be as expensive or cheap as you want. It's hard to give a good idea of cost.

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