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Hey everyone. I recently moved to Central Florida and have had a lot of fun picking stuff up at Darkwater Aquatics. I have been in the freshwater hobby for over ten years, but haven't until now decided to really give the planted tank thing a try.

I just picked this 10g up off Craigslist, and am hoping this will be a nice intro before diving into my 30 x 18 x 24 (56g). I put the fertilizer on the bottom with a granite type rock on top. I have the filtration running and a Coralife light fixture. Not sure about specifics with the light, but I want to keep everything "lowtech" and not use CO2. Looking forward to getting some plants tonight and fish to follow from DA.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 06:25 PM
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Welcome to TPT. What plants are you going to pick up?

Just make sure the light you use is either labeled as "Daylight" or somewhere between "5500k-6500k"
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If that is a two bulb T5HO then it needs to be raised up more.
It should be about 14-16" above the top of the gravel to help keep from getting algae.
Like that tree.

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Thanks, Raymond. That is actually a question I had about the light. I don't know the model, but it does have two bulbs. Gonna have to figure out a way to raise it.
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