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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Beginning Aquascaping

I am Starting my first Aquascape tank. Can anyone help me out with suggested plants designs lighting ext. It will be a 55 gallon tank. Using MiricalGrow Organic potting mix. I would like to do Something with dwarf hair grass as a carpet, but I am not sure what else to do. Any Suggestions?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 09:08 PM
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you can get some great examples for inspiration / lay-out / design ideas, just checking out the images right on google:
https://www.google.com/search?q=55+g...w=1280&bih=830

or click around on the site and click on user (members) names and check out their journals.
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the rabbit hole goes pretty deep so you can literally spend ours window shopping. if you have a question regarding a specific plant just post and a lot of the guys here will let you know exactly what it is, etc.,etc..
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Here's are simple layout overviews:


Pick the one that would work best for your room. Then choose the fore-, mid-, and background plants. It usually looks best with at least two plants for each tier. E.g.:
fg: Glossostigma elantinoides, Eleocharis parvula
md: Java fern, Cryptocoryne undulata
bg: Rotala sp. "Green", R. sp. "Nanjenshan"
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If your going to do any kind of carpet plant your going to need T5 lights with at least 2W per gallon ( if you buy a fixture from your LFS it can cost at cheapest 80$-90$) and at least dry C02. What plants depends all on how much money your willing to spend. I recommend going to your local fish store and seeing plants you like and looking up there requirements.
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lighting

What about LEDs? Are they an option for planted aquariums? If I were to get two 54watt bulbs for my 55 gallon tank would that make 108watts or does the wattage not add together when you add another one, I think it would but i'm not sure.
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