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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-03-2007, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Do I have what I need to try again?

I attempted a planted tank a couple years and gave it up due to green water and algae frustration and went to fake plants - yuck. I want to try again and see if I can crack the code this time. Here is what I have for equipment:
85 gallon bow front measuring 47" x 18" x 20" deep
2 - 96 watt PC lights
Rena Filstar XP3 filter
2 Pro-30 bio wheels
Cora life Twist X sterilizer
Automatic C02 system with PH monitor and reactor
Rena 300w heater
100% RO water (I have a system with storage tank)
3" deep small (rise size) gravel
questions are as follows:
  1. Do I have the right combination of light and C02?
  2. Can I start off with just a few simple plants and add more slowly or am I begging for another algae war?
  3. Am I good with just gravel for substrate? I used flourite last time and it was a pain to keep clean
  4. Should I get rid of the bio wheels or keep?, I've heard they're not good for planted tanks.
  5. I would like to make a 3 background in the tank like you see on the vivarium sites (cork wood, rock, or something natural) any suggestions or am I asking for more trouble? I hate the fake backgrounds.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-03-2007, 12:55 AM
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Take a few minutes and read my Guide. You are missing nutrients.

1. Looks good.
2. Better to start off with LOTS of plants.
3. Not sure what you mean about hard to keep clean.
4. They are not bad or good for planted tanks. But they do make it a bit harder to keep decent CO2 levels.
5. No comment.
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