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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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New here, few questions

Hi everyone, I recently sold my 200G reef tank thinking I was done with aquariums. Next thing I know I have my mind set on a 40G planted tank so here I am. I'mafraid I might have started off on the wrong foot. I bought 2 bags of substrate without doing my homework. I used 1 bag of Flora-max by caribsea an mixed it with 1 bag of florite, not sure who makes that. I'm now thinking if should of been finer. I have been reading a lot and it's getting a little over whelming. Was hoping I could ask a few questions to narrow my searching. Thanks in advance. Here goes...

1) Will my mix of substrate work if I am starting with beginners plants?

2) Should I add another bag of fine sand?

3) Should I put plastic egg crate under the substrate for roots to latch onto?

4) What would be a good, easy, background plant that will grow tall and cover part of the surface?
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1) it will work well.

2) only if you like the look. No need for the plants.

3) not needed

4) Val's are a good choice and are very easy to grow.
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4.) Cryptospiralis would be a good choice.
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cool, thanks for the fast replys.
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If you kept a 200 gallon reef tank, a low-tech planted tank should be a breeze! Don't get too overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Everyone does everything differently.

I love a nice wall of val. It looks great when it reaches the surface and arches over. Good luck!
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Rotala Rotundifolia grows fairly fast and fits the tall plant thing. It will be mostly green, but after it reaches the top where it gets more light it will turn pink on the top couple of inches of it.

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