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Old 10-15-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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Plants in sand substrate

After a long 2-3 weeks of loosing all 5 guppies and 2 shrimp. Buying the angel fish sponge.. I believe I am cycled ... the past 3 days this have been my readings
ammonia 0-.25
Nitrite 0 - low .25 (maybe)
Nitrate 10-20 ppm !!!!
I would like to add some plants now Iím a student so I donít have a bunch of money just laying around I have sand substrate already and I heard is posible to grow plants in sand but you need good lighting. My question is whatís a good CHEAP light for plant growth and how does high PH affect it.
I tried google and YouTube but is way to much info and everything contradicts each other thank you !
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:16 AM   #2
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We need way more information.

Tank size and height?
Is low - medium light your goal?
What plants do you want to grow?
Are you planning on using root tabs and / or fertilizing the water column?
CO2 or no CO2?
Glutaraldehyde or Seachem Excel?

pH will effect nutrient availability. pH's above 7.0 will generally need an Iron Gluconate (Seachem Flourish brand) or a DTPA Iron source. Below 7.0 an EDTA Iron source is fine.

Lights can be cheap, but I need to know what size tank you are dealing with. Sand is 100% fine, and is my preferred substrate for my tanks.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply!
I have a 55 gallon is a long tank
Medium light
I already planted api root tabs but I think theyíre making my sand yellow and I donít see growth
Iím using a $7 fertilizer from animart
No CO2
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:40 PM   #4
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what are the dimensions of the tank?

https://www.amazon.com/Beamswork-FSP...l_1_sspa&psc=1

One of these in your size will work well for low-medium light.

I would do some DIY osmocote+ root tabs, and a simple all in 1 fert like Thrive, That will keep things simple for now
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This is a 20 long with cheap Vivagrow lights and roots tabs only. No Co2 or liquid ferts. The trick is finding the right plants/light/bioload combo. Click image for larger version

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Thanks! The Planted Plants are crypts and dwarf sag. Then mounted are Java fern, 2 different kinds. Then some moss and floating riccia. All fairly easy non demanding plants.
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Cheap lights could be as simple as cfl or led lights at the grocery store as long as they are around 6500 spectrum. Just need a reflector of some kind.

It is hard to go wrong with current LEDís for spectrum and function in my opinion
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Is your floor wet? Or is that evaporation?
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