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Old 02-12-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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What do I need? How to start ?

Hey guys so I moving to a different apartment and I feel like this is the best opportunity for me to start a planted tank. I plan on switching from my gravel over to ((( Carib Sea ACS00832 Peace River Gravel for Aquarium, 20-Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002APMU6..._RUVyCbYVBAZGF ))) . My tank is a 55 gallon with a fluval 406 and aqueon 75 filter. I currently House 2 blood parrot fish .. here are some of my questions / concerns

1. Do I need soil? I just some basic plants to start off with..

2. Is this substrate good? Itís not sand but itís very fine; If anyone have experience with this, I would love to hear your review since I have my second bag being sent to me.

3. What lighting fixture do you guys recommend ?
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So I started reading a few articles and decided that a low light maintenance tank will be better suited for me. Any ideas?
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Low light plants would be a good starting point. Nearly any light will work with them. Beamswork makes an affordable light. They sell it on Amazon.
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Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium, 48 to 60-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C7OTF9E..._uJlzCbXTVQT8A


What you guys think???
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Low light plants would be a good starting point. Nearly any light will work with them. Beamswork makes an affordable light. They sell it on Amazon.


I wish it had a remote or can be controlled from an app lol
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Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium, 48 to 60-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C7OTF9E..._uJlzCbXTVQT8A


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I think that light is overkill as far as expense goes . like King Fisher said , if you want to go low tech use a Beamswork . I use them and love them . Also don't go for any fancy substrate . I use Black Diamond Blasting Grit . It is cheap , and lets me grow plants just fine with supplements , which you will need anyway . Low tech is fun and doesn't cost a fortune . It just takes time for a tank to get settled .
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What do you think about the substrate I picked?
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The link you posted doesn't work for me , but if that is just standard "gravel' should be ok . I have grown plants in gravel , but I switched to BDBS and have been much happier and have had better results overall . Like anything it is all personal preference ....lol EDIT: Ok, I copied link and went and looked at . It is just a small gravel . Too bad you have bought it already because BDBS is cheaper and better in my opinion , you will still be able to grow most plants in that though .
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