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Questions about a 10 gallon I'm wanting to plant

Got a 10 gallon I just moved my turtle out of im wanting to plant it.

First is what would be better to just use a plant substrate or dirt it and what should I cap it with if I do dirt?

What would low light be for it how many watts per gallon?

What kinda plants would be good for FW Pea Puffers? (That are low light)



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There area few plants which can get by on just getting nutrients from the water changes. That and the nutrients from fish food/waste.
But usually in order to have any amount of plants you need to add ferts.
Plants that root to rocks or wood won't get any ferts from a dirt sub either so in most
cases if you do dirt it but have some of those plants you will still need to add ferts.
Plain fine gravel/Eco Complete/Fluorite/sand are the easiest subs to deal/w but need ferts added to the tank.
A dirt sub is a bit more complicated, but grows plants better. Doesn't last forever.
Each different type of sub can likely have a paragraph written about the pro's/con's of it.
So if you want to just open a bag and dump some in then go/w the ones above or
Black Diamond blasting sand(tractor supply) or Floor Dry/Safe-T-Sorb, but those are messy except for the Black Diamond.
The easiest way to light a 10g/w good results is a common brooder lamp/w a 13W CFL 6500K bulb in it suspended over the tank.

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I have a 75 gallon planted that has ecocomplete in it and a lot of light I just want a low tech tank so I can have both so u think ecocomplete would be the easiest way to go?

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What's the best plant ferts to put in thesubstrate?

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I just re-did my 10 gal from gravel to Active- Flora. My plants did well in the gravel without any ferts prob because of my heavy bio-load. They are doing really well in the AF and I have added API root tabs for the root feeders. Many use osmocote tabs but I'm not sure how long it takes for the capsules to break down. Maybe someone will answer that.
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Eco works well. A bit hard to get plants to stay put in at first. I don't cut off the leaves on that part of stems which I'm going to plant. I let them act as anchors. Seems to help.
Osmocote+ capsules. You only need three for a 10g tank. Good for about 5 months.
Good also to just put one individual bead of what is in the capsule on top of the sub under where the water returns from the filter. Adds ferts to the water.
You might try two only on the capsules at first. They sometimes raise the nitrates.
This person sells the capsules as do others on here.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=898001
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Yeah iv got some for my other tanks but there still to small thanks for all the info everyone I'll get some of those tabs for sure and try them

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How many of them would i use for my 75 gallon iv got eco complete in?

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Eco works well. A bit hard to get plants to stay put in at first. I don't cut off the leaves on that part of stems which I'm going to plant. I let them act as anchors. Seems to help.
Osmocote+ capsules. You only need three for a 10g tank. Good for about 5 months.
Good also to just put one individual bead of what is in the capsule on top of the sub under where the water returns from the filter. Adds ferts to the water.
You might try two only on the capsules at first. They sometimes raise the nitrates.
This person sells the capsules as do others on here.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=898001
I bought a 15" long pair of tweezers from the Flea bay for under $15 shipped.
Keeps your hand out of the tank.
Does the capsule coating end up coming to the surface? I envision a landfill with bits of plastic floating around. Osmocote is definitely cheaper though.
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Does the capsule coating end up coming to the surface? I envision a landfill with bits of plastic floating around. Osmocote is definitely cheaper though.
Its not plastic. The capsules dissolve just like medicine capsules.
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Its not plastic. The capsules dissolve just like medicine capsules.
Thanks Jrill! Maybe I'll give them a try next time. They are definitely cheaper than API root tabs and you use fewer of them.
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