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Ok, I'm probably going to be doing a 75G Piranha tank. I'm just looking for suggestions and recomendations...

Lighting, Co2, Substrate

I want to do some Amazon Swords, and maybe some short grassy plants, other than that I'm not really sure what kind of plants I want to use
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they will probably make lunch of any plant you put in there, i tossed my over grown plants into my p tank and they are all gone now.
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ummmmm...I guess low maintenance plants


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I thought piranhas were carnivores? If they don't eat plants (I have no idea) I would suggest large root or tied down ones that won't be pulled up easily. Good examples would be bolbitis, java fern, anubias, vallisneria, and ech. swords. I think stem plants and grasses would come uprooted pretty easily.
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How about a few Amazon Swords that they can swin in and out of. Would look rather cool i think.
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I've heard a few cases where the Piranhas eat the leaves off plants. I guess we'll see.

Ya Im thinking java fern, anubias, amazon swords. I dont know about the vals, I haven't had much luck with them.

If I use two DIY Co2s would that work? I'm also thinking about getting another 100w or so PC light, that would put me over 3 WPG.

What is the best substrate to use? I've heard of people using like a dirt or soil, I dont know much about it though. Right now I have home depot sand in most of my tanks, I think it looks nice and natural.

Any other thoughts or suggestions?
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Using soil is probably not a great move for someone without a lot of experience. It's likely to give you headaches. I think sand will work pretty well so long as it doesn't mess with the water hardness. You'll have to test yours to be sure.

Pygmy Chain Sword - https://plantedtank.net/pygmychainsword.html would work great as a foreground plant.
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It might be raising my pH as I can't seem to get it very far under 8, but the hardness I dont think is a problem
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There is often a correlation between KH and pH. The higher the KH, the higher the pH (barring other pH modifiers like CO2 or buffering additives).
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I'll test the hardness of one of my tanks w/o sand. Does anyone have a suggestion for substrate? I dont like the big gravel, and other ideas?
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Definitely go with Eco-complete. or you could mix eco with black gravel. either way your Pirhana will look really cool in there with some swords and dark gravel.
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