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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-26-2008, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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I am starting a 15g high planted tank. I have never done this before and am looking for good starting plant suggestions and any general advice. The dust has settled after putting down 3 inches of flourite and about an inch to an inch and a half of a sand cap. I have a "C" Whisper filter and heater and am going to try a DYI Co2 injection that I found on this site. Thanks to all for reading
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-26-2008, 11:37 PM
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I wouldn't start with a highly/heavily planted tank for your first tank, I would start with a lightly planted tank, because if you're a starter, then you would for sure have a lot of problems with your fauna (fish) and plants, even though you read a lot. start easy first then go big! And welcome to the plantedtank!
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thanx for the reply and i'll do that and start slow-cool
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I actually disagree, if you are going for a planted tank you will have your lights on for a long period of time regardless of whether you have a lot of plants or a few. The difference is that if you have a few plants, you are going to have lots of algae, whereas with lots of plants you will have less. If you start out with a hardy fish species and a fast growing plant for the wattage you are going to use, then the biggest problem will be algae.

What you should do is make sure the CO2 is up and running and then fill the tank with a bunch of fast growing stem plants. By choosing easy to care for plants you are avoiding the pitfall of adding in all the plants you want which may or may not do well in a non-established tank.
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Don't know if it'll help you, but I just posted my journal of my first tank, also a 15g.

Here it is: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...15-gallon.html

Hope it'll tell you some things NOT to do!! Best of luck!
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thanx for all the advice-the algae theory sounds right and i read skoorbza's blog and i'm glad to see that i'm not the only one out there that has used playsand w/out rinsing it-lol-so far so good-went out and got a few plants yesterday-some italian val and some dwarf hairgrass. Its all work in progress.
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IMO Dwarf Hairgrass is not really a beginner plant.... although I wish you all the luck in the world with it!

I'd start out with a tank full of Hygro.... get it growing good then thin it out and add other plants. You will have fewer problems with fast and easy to grow plants like Hygro.
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Have to agree. Load the tank up with easy fast growing stems. Hyrgo is one of them but there are plenty of others. If you start off slow you are definitely inviting algae to take over. Check the swap and shop. You should be able to get plenty of stems at a reasonable price. Then when the tank is established start thinning and replace with other plants. That will give you some time to decide what else you might like in the tank. As you thin out the stems you can resell them on the swap and shop.

You didn't mention how much light you will have. That will play a big part in what type of plants you will go with.

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I have the 15 watt that came with it but I am upgrading that this weekend.
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My 10 G has been running about 3 weeks. I keep sticking plants in there. Some are actually doing well, some are melting away.
My biggest challenges so far is knowing HOW to plant. Does it go in the soil, float or tie it down?
How do you keep them from floating 2 seconds after you plant them?
And how do I get rid of the tannin from the driftwood. I hate that yellow water. Purigen was recommended but I can't find it.
Anyway, didn't mean to hijack the thread here, just wanted to say go for all the plants you can and see which ones will work for your light and soil, be patient and enjoy the process.
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[quote=grammypat;676312]Some are actually doing well, some are melting away.]
Some plants will melt the first week or two after being planted until they adjust and start growing. Crypts are infamous for this

[My biggest challenges so far is knowing HOW to plant. Does it go in the soil, float or tie it down?]
Depends on the plant. Stems go in the substrate but plants like anubias and Java fern have rhizomes that have to be above the substrate, that is why you find them on driftwood or rocks.

[And how do I get rid of the tannin from the driftwood. I hate that yellow water. Purigen was recommended but I can't find it.]
Best way is to boil the driftwood before putting it in the tank.

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