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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Very simple planted tank setup.. need help

Hey guys,

Pardon my newbieness as I know very little about planted tanks. My setup is:

60 Gallon cube (24x24x24)
2x 65-watt PC lights (10K)
10 Neon Tetras, 5 Rasboras
Plain sand substrate (not using Flourite, Eco-Complete, etc.)
Literally 8 pieces of plants (Vals, Baby Tears, Java Moss...)

OK, here's the deal: I don't plan to compete in any aquascaping contests, don't want a lush growth, don't want to add any more plants, etc. I simply want the plants to LIVE.

So, besides regular water changes, do I need to do anything else to maintain this tank? Maybe dose Seachem Flourish? I figure that with the weak lighting, I can get away with no pressurized CO2, no?

By the way, I tried to read all over this site, including RexGriggs' site (good info!) but the KNO3+KNP+that thingamajig made my head hurt. I know Reef Chemistry really well but trying to learn this planted stuff is like starting from square one..lol

Thanks for any help.
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By the way, I tried to read all over this site, including RexGriggs' site (good info!) but the KNO3+KNP+that thingamajig made my head hurt.
I can relate to that!

Sounds like we both basically want the same things from a planted tank. Sorry I can't be any help, I'm still learning the basics.

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If you want them to just live, more than likely you'll be fine with your setup. The fish load will help fertilize the plants along with the food the fish don't eat. The lighting will help the plants to photosynthesize and the water already gets Co2 from the air but not at a rapid enough rate for a heavily planted tank. For yours it would be fine. Only thing you may have problems with down the road is deficiencies in your baby tears but maybe not. Java Moss will grow in almost any condition and vals I believe are fairly easy plants to keep.
Hope that helps and good luck with your tank
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thanks for your help.
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When i first get into this hobby. I only want my plant to live. Later, i want them to grown, and grown quickly.

All the plant you have in there are low light plant, so i think you are doing fine with 2 wpg. Later, you might want to add excel or Co2 to provide more grown
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Deeper tank. PC lighting. Your baby tears will probably grow all funky because the tank is a bit deeper.

2 WPG on a 60 gallon tank isn't that little light, actually. You might be able to get away with just dosing Excel and Flourish, but only time will tell in the battle against algae.

So for now: use your current setup. Get some Excel. Dose it. See what happens.
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If you want them to just live, more than likely you'll be fine with your setup. The fish load will help fertilize the plants along with the food the fish don't eat. The lighting will help the plants to photosynthesize and the water already gets Co2 from the air but not at a rapid enough rate for a heavily planted tank. For yours it would be fine. Only thing you may have problems with down the road is deficiencies in your baby tears but maybe not. Java Moss will grow in almost any condition and vals I believe are fairly easy plants to keep.
Hope that helps and good luck with your tank
I don't think fish food alone will be enough to supplement the plants. It provides for most of the nutrients, but fish food doesn't contain everything. It doesn't hurt to dose ferts 1-2 times every week.

Edit: And occassionally stop dosing to let the nutrients level out.

As well, with lower lighting, the pace of things that could go wrong is reduced.

You can control the photo-period, fish food amount, excel and ferts to battle algae.
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If you want them to just live, more than likely you'll be fine with your setup. The fish load will help fertilize the plants along with the food the fish don't eat. The lighting will help the plants to photosynthesize and the water already gets Co2 from the air but not at a rapid enough rate for a heavily planted tank. For yours it would be fine. Only thing you may have problems with down the road is deficiencies in your baby tears but maybe not. Java Moss will grow in almost any condition and vals I believe are fairly easy plants to keep.
Hope that helps and good luck with your tank
1) Fish load...fish food? Fertilizer? No.
2) Lighting helps plants photosynthesize...well, of course.
3) Dissolution of ambient CO2 into tank water is negligible and not even at a "rapid enough rate" for a lightly planted tank, much less a heavy one. Take a low light tank, inject CO2. You'll see improved plant health despite the same light levels. CO2 is the limiting factor in most tanks.
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