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I have a 55g with a hob filter rated for 60 gallons, a 300w heater, and a marineland double light 1200 lumen LED bar. My stock is currently 5 large angels. I want to add 5 clown loaches to the stock. All of this information is confusing. I would like a nice lush aquarium. I bought a few "assorted bunches" from LFS and I have no idea what plants they are. What are my plant options outside of java moss and anubias? I have read that hydroponic nutrients can be used and I have a large bottle of FloraMicro 5-0-1. Please help me get started.
 

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First, I would advise against adding the loaches. You already have 5 large angels.

Your marineland double bright would be sufficient for low light plants. I would know, I have one. Jave ferns and anubias are great starter plants and are low light, they would suit your tank well. You do not necessarily need to use fertilizers in a low light tank if low light is what you are going for.

You are asking about every aspect of a planted tank in this topic. I believe that is way too much to start off with given all you provided us is a tank size, filter size and light.

Before asking such a question, I would recommend you read about lighting, substrates and fertilizer dosing on this forum. There is a ton of information out there. By taking this upon yourself, we as forum members can then better help you get started when you are able to provide us with more details about what you envision, what your budget calls for and the current equipment you have. It seems you are jumping in head first without first acquiring some knowledge as evidence of purchasing plants without any idea of how to properly care for them regardless of their species.

Everyone on here is eager to help others, but I would take a step back, do more research, have a game plan and then ask questions.
 

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i think the bet plants would me swords, jave ferna,crypt plants and anubias
you would need to add root tabs fot the swords and cryps
 

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The fertilizer you have will probably not supply the needs of the aquarium plants.
Fish food supplies most of the nutrients that plants need in a low tech tank.
It tends to be low in potassium and iron.
A good way to get started with potassium and iron is a product called Leaf Zone.

Ditto the above comment about not adding Clown Loaches to this tank. If you really want to add Loaches you could get a smaller Loach such as Zebra and get 5 of them. Clowns get way too big for a 55, especially when you keep them in the social group they need to be in.
 

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Understood. Thanks for the links and I appreciate the good attitude. I hate it when I go to a forum and ask for directions and get the JFGI attitude. Ill give it a read and hope its not over my head. As far as filtration goes... I have a PVC overflow assembled and am waiting on petco's dollar a gallon sale and build myself a sump and wet dry filter. I also wouldnt mind using dry ferts assuming they will not break the bank.
 

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Dry ferts are actually really cheap compared to the liquid stuff you get at the store. In a low tech tank $20 can get you enough for a year if you buy a good mix.

A lush aquarium is possible in a low light tank but the right plants are needed. Enjoy your reading.
 

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For exemple, you can replace seachem potassium with potassium sulfate for 1/20 the price. Mix 1.4tsp of potassium sulfate to 500ml of water, and you get exactly the same thing as seachem potassium.
 
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