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Plant all in at once or is it okay to pace myself?

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is it necessary to plant everything in one shot or is it okay to do one / maybe two plants at a time?
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The more you plant at once, the less trouble you will have with algae. Fill it up!

The fastest way to success is patience.

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It's best to plant heavy right from the start. Even if it means adding a bunch of stuff initially that you might not keep later on down the road.


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Mainly you should start with plants that consume nutrients/toxins like a pig. Some plants that you may want may not survive the initial cycle or are not up to competing with algae. To remedy this, you get the heavy consumers at the start and then over time you start replacing the heavy consumers with the plants you actually want to keep long term. Resist replacing until your tank starts to stabilize though.

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thanks for the feedback guys!!
i was hoping i could pace myself a little more but i see what you all are saying.
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As someone who is pacing themselves on the planting, due to lack of good plants in my area, and funds, I agree with planting all at once. I have had some algae, and other issues that would have been avoided if I had just planted way more before filling up.
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hmmm ...
i hear ya!! same hear!!! thats exactly why i was thinking i could ease into it. i think im going to post in the WTB soon and see if someone might offer a good deal on a few things that im interested in.
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Join your local aquarium club. There will likely be someone with the faster growing plant in enough quantity that you can get well started.
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Thats an EXCELLENT idea!!
ive been meaning to follow up with them, since i sent an email inquiring about joining and never heard back from anyone. im going to make it a point to try and reach someone again.
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An easy way around the problem is to load up on cheap, fast growing stem plants to fill in the empty spots, then remove them as you fill in with the plants you really want. Floaters or plants that do well left floating are potential options as well. In my tanks that's generally excess vals, stargrass and hygro cuttings--plants that are forever in need of thinning.

If you don't have existing tanks to pull from, look for packs of very common stems for sale; the stuff that everyone has and grows so easily that folks sell it in very generous portions. I've gotten some really nice cuttings packs here, for example, for little more than the cost of shipping.
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yeah i like the sound of that. i'll have to check what these local guys carry that is cheapest. i like this option also because it somewhat still buys me a little time. thanks Knotyoureality, its another option.
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Originally Posted by Aquadawg View Post
The more you plant at once, the less trouble you will have with algae. Fill it up!
Agreed! I purposely kept my tank completely empty for a week for this reason. I filled it with water only when I got a load of plants. The tank has no algae that I can see, other than a bit of brown algae on my Anubias, but this was about 3 inches below a strong light for 10 hours per day, for about 3 weeks.

I don't know if I am lucky or whatever but I'm going to follow this advice every time!
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