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Hey guys, I am pretty new to this whole planted tank thing.

So this is my situation...

I have a bunch of plants (Amazons, dwarf hair grass, some stem plants, Anubis, and b something.) They are all growing in some sand, and I have some root tabs down there too. The sand is 1-2 inches deep. No fertilizers or anything else. What do I need? Thanks for helping a newbie like me!

P.S. I am cycling my tank, Will the high levels of ammonia and nitrites help the growth? I am planning on putting B.Rs, Tetras, Guppies.


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With any planted tank, the first parameter to be concerned with is the amount of light you are using. Light drives the plants growth rates, so it also determines how much nutrients the plants will consume, and whether or not you need to add CO2 to the tank, so the plants get enough carbon. What light fixture are you using, and what are the tank's dimensions?
 

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Make sure your anubias rhyzome is above substrate or it will die. The little finger roots are OK.
 

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I would say what you most need is knowledge (not trying to be flippant). Spend some time researching the web and reading about low maintenance tanks versus high tech. That will help you decide on what your actual goal will be and you'll start to know what you'll need along the way. Your question is so general and about such a large topic there is no real way it can be properly answered here.
 

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there is alot of great information on start threads here. It seems you have read up on the cycling process! There is alot of information to learn about maintaining a planted tank, it is easy once you do alot of reading on here! Good luck and enjoy start a journal also to show some pictures!
 

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I'll post a picture when I get home! It's a 45 gal. I have a fluval 306. 200 wat heater @ 81 degrees. No fish yet! I'm seeding with some gravel in a plastic baggy with holes punched in it. Using pure ammonia. Not sure about the wattage or anything yet. Hope that helps!


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Yep just keep looking and posting you will find good people here. A great place to pick up plants when your ready for more

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