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New 29 gallon

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This is my first post here but have been lurking for some time. We are in the process of getting our house painted and I had to move my 20 gallon tank downstairs. I used the opportunity to upgrade the tank to a 29 gallon and want to plant it. My previous tank was gravel with mostly plastic plants and one Anubias that I found at a pet stores about 2 years ago. It actually grew quite a bit in that time and seems to be healthy. This tank was set up for over 5 years so I have a good understanding of cycling and used the old filters for my new tank to get it cycled immediately. I have tested the water and there is no ammonia or nitrites and just a trace of nitrates.

After doing research on this site I decided to use black fluorite for the substrate and have rinsed it, and put 3 bags in the tank. The rinsing worked perfectly and my water is clear. I am planing on upgrading my light to a finnex planted+ and am eventually going to upgrade my filter to an eheim 2215. I am looking to get a few starter plants to try out in my tank. So I am looking for a few suggestions. I am planning a low tech tank for now and am not planning on adding co2 right now.

So if you could point me in the right directions for a few plants that I can start with for my new planted set up. I am not looking to plant heavy now and I am just looking to learn how to do plants besides my poor neglected Anubias that grew in spite of everything I did wrong!

Thanks!
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Must have crypts IMO. Dwarf sagittaria, vals, swords, asian ambulia, rotala or ludwigia. Water sprite, wisteria, anponogeton, tiger lotus.

Bump: Get started on dry ferts asap. You will not regret it. Dose and dose regularly, get a good WC schedule and run lights for 6-8 a day for now.

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Welcome aboard first off. I too run a low tech 29g. I use a non suspended finnex fugeray with no co2 injections or fertilizers added. I just started using excel again 2 months ago to minimize bba. Normally the goal is to plant as many plants as you can afford to plant to give the tank a better chance to outcompete algae. Choose your plant varieties based on what you are providing. You can always change them out over time. Most plants can survive if you just par the hole. Be care with swords though. Most will overtake a 29g tank by itself. Same with Wisteria. Gorgeous and unique but under good conditions, it will take over a tank. Tiger lotus will block out a lot of light if its pads reach the surface. For a 29g, you might want to aim at shorter height plants to give the appearance of a larger tank. You run out of real estate pretty quick after adding some hardscape items to go along with larger plant selections. Also the smaller the tank, the more the maintenance once you do start upgrading. So be careful with upgrading the tech level of your tank as well.

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