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Hello everyone I’m just getting started in the planted tank hobby. Not new to fish keeping just the planted tank aspect. As on now here is what I have
1. 29 gallon biocube
2. I icecap gyres 1k wave maker smallest they make but it’s powerful
3. Ai prime Hd saltwater light. but am sure it will do what I need it to do.
4. InTank media basket for my filter floss
5. Ehime 250w heater

Now for substrate I’m going to go with about 3 inches of miracle grow organic soil. Then about 1 inch fine sand like pool filter sand last but not least a small white and black aquarium gravel.


What I’m kinda lost at is introducing co2 to the tank can you point me in the right direction to purchase what I need for this step.
Plants what should a beginner start out with I’d like a carpeting effect with gradual height in layers to the back of the tank.

What kinda of fish should I be looking at for that size tank? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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I would really recommend reading Diana Walstad's book. She recommends a one inch layer of organic potting soil and a one inch cap of gravel, or gravel and sand, or just 0.50 - 0.75 inches for a sand-only cap.

You might be able to get away with 1.5 inches of soil if you have decent water movement, but be careful. I messed up when I first started with planted tanks and tried too much soil because I thought more was better, but it was just more anaerobic! I had to pull all my fish and plants, remove the cap, thin out the soil, and then put everything back.

With the gyre unit, just make sure it is not too much flow. If you are coming from reefing (guess from your gear), planted tanks are more gentle.

The light will work, but you won't want very much blue compared to a reef. I have posted what I use for my Fluval lights, but there are some AI users here, and some recent threads.

I haven't done much with CO2 except for playing around with the little Fluval units, but there are many experts here.

For fish, you will have a lot of choices, but you should decide if you want shrimp first. There are different levels of shrimp-safe. Some fish ignore shrimp, some will eat any shrimp, some will eat the occasional fry, and some will hunt for fry. I like Otocinclus for super shrimp-safe fish.

I also like various small tetras and danios.

Make sure to take a look at the tank journals, and then start your own for your new tank!

Cheers

Style: Organic potting soil, gravel, sand, wood, plants, algae, biofilm, snails, shrimp, fish, dual siestas
Tech : Small tanks, Fluval Plant 3.0, Top Fin MF10, Eheim Classic 150, Neptune Systems Apex EL
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I would really recommend reading Diana Walstad's book. She recommends a one inch layer of organic potting soil and a one inch cap of gravel, or gravel and sand, or just 0.50 - 0.75 inches for a sand-only cap.

You might be able to get away with 1.5 inches of soil if you have decent water movement, but be careful. I messed up when I first started with planted tanks and tried too much soil because I thought more was better, but it was just more anaerobic! I had to pull all my fish and plants, remove the cap, thin out the soil, and then put everything back.

With the gyre unit, just make sure it is not too much flow. If you are coming from reefing (guess from your gear), planted tanks are more gentle.

The light will work, but you won't want very much blue compared to a reef. I have posted what I use for my Fluval lights, but there are some AI users here, and some recent threads.

I haven't done much with CO2 except for playing around with the little Fluval units, but there are many experts here.

For fish, you will have a lot of choices, but you should decide if you want shrimp first. There are different levels of shrimp-safe. Some fish ignore shrimp, some will eat any shrimp, some will eat the occasional fry, and some will hunt for fry. I like Otocinclus for super shrimp-safe fish.

I also like various small tetras and danios.

Make sure to take a look at the tank journals, and then start your own for your new tank!

Cheers

Hey ty so much for all your info and I will definitely looking to that book and do some more reading
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