Welcome to PTF! I know how frustrating it can be trying to be "informed" when first starting. Rex's guide is also the first one that made sense to me. I buy all of my dry Ferts from him, guess it's a loyalty thing but I've been very satisfied.
Best advice anyone gave me when I was setting up my 30G @ 3.75 WPG was to stuff if full of fast growing stem plants at first to out compete the Algae until the tank balances out. These plants suck up lots of nutrients.
GL and HTH.
Thanks Todd! Good to be here, I've always loved planted tanks, but my low-tech ones always melted after a while because eventually you need to dose a little bit of ferts and add C02, liquid or gas.
So, I've always aspired to a high-light setup, especially seeing all the amazing tanks here at TPF. I'm on my way as soon as my ferts arrive!
One really cool thing is that I'm just across town from Fish Etc.. and I've talked with Cooper about planted tanks before, he's a cool guy.
Originally Posted by swylie
Rex rox. We like him around here, curmudgeon that he may be.
Also, he writes pretty well IMO.
Yeah, I laughed quite a bit while going through the guide.
Originally Posted by Burks
Rex might come off a bit hard sometimes but you can knock his knowledge and advice.
Sometimes the best advice can be found outside of books and magazines.
I agree. I've yet to read a book about aquaria because I prefer to get info through sharing with fellow aquarists.