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My very first planted tank, any suggestions on how to start?

I have a TON of stuff in this room right now, i have a bunch of ferts for PPS-PRO, i have a Regulator and a 5lb co2 tank, i have a homemade Rex Grigg reactor, i have replaced all my substrate with Eco-Complete, i have a Ray 2 on my couch, i have a drop checker and some other stuff. How should i go about doing this tank? Am i missing anything vital?
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If you have a filter it sounds like you're good to go.
Add the gravel and get everything in place. Will you be using a hard scape? If so play with the placement. I'd forgo a dry start until later, but i also don't have any experience doing that. Once you like everything fill it with water and lots of plants.


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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Don't rinse the Eco. Just put a heavy dinner plate on top of it and pour the water on that.
Slowly. You might look through some of the pictures in the gallery to see if something jumps out at you which you might like to try to copy all or some of.
Unless you just like algae I'd either start the light out at 6 hrs per day or raise it to 24"
above the sub. Or even 5 hrs per day.
You didn't say which size tank you had, but that light is potent.

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The tank is 55 gallons
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I have a TON of stuff in this room right now, i have a bunch of ferts for PPS-PRO, i have a Regulator and a 5lb co2 tank, i have a homemade Rex Grigg reactor, i have replaced all my substrate with Eco-Complete, i have a Ray 2 on my couch, i have a drop checker and some other stuff. How should i go about doing this tank? Am i missing anything vital?
Yes, you have forgotten to mention the plants.
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Yes, you have forgotten to mention the plants.
I was wondering as part of this, what plants should I get?
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I was wondering as part of this, what plants should I get?
IMO there are two things to consider when choosing plants.

1. The conditions they require: light levels, water conditions, etc. Go through and make a list of plants that are suitable for the conditions you plan to create. If you want to mix low-light plants with bright-light plants, make sure the low-light plants will be shaded.

2. Aesthetics: What effect do you wish to create? You might want to go for a variety of leaf shapes and colors that complimented each other. On the other hand, some very effective Amano tanks feature one type of plant contrasted against interesting rocks.

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I was wondering as part of this, what plants should I get?
Dear Newbie,
I'm not going to tell you what plants to get that's too easy and you'll learn little. But I will tell you to get fast growing plants to start with. There's a link at the top of each page titled "Plant Profiles" It will give you enough info to make informed choices.
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