Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
Well,Once you decide what type of tank you want to run low tech,moderate light,or high tech higher lighting,CO2 enhanced or not,thing's get a bit easier I think.
Is alway's wise I think ,to start a planted tank with as many plant's as one can afford while keeping in mind that many plant's once submerged completely ,will take a fair bit of time to adapt to submerged condition's and may drop leaves while other leaves will take different shape during this time.
If we concentrate on what they need for growth, and have chosen proper plant's for method we are trying,then plant's will gradually respond .
But if we choose too few plant's,or plant's better suited with CO2 enhancement,or use too much light,or don't have good CO2 distribution,fertilizer routine,poor maint, constantly move plant's,plant's will do poorly and lot's of folk's get discouraged.
Choose a method,and learn it well was best advice I received.Coose lightin,plant's accordingly.
All plant's are gonna respond better with more access to CO2 but Researching heavily before going with the gas is helpful I think.
Low tech method gives a little more wiggle room cause plant's grow much slower and can and do adapt to low CO2 condition's but they still need food,good maint,not too much light.
Many folk's choose more difficult plant's those that perform better with the Gas ,not enough plant's,poor fert routine,but expect growth measured in day's.
Much easier I think to begin with low light,lot's of fast grower's (can swap em out later )can get buy with less fertilization,maybe once a week.
Nope were it me.i would as mentioned choose a method,and research,learn it well.
Then try the more difficult.Both method's require patience.