Originally Posted by Fishcraze
I guess I will ask my first question while I'm here. I did look over the various substrates for live plants but it seems that there is no perfect answer. Some have even opted to mix substrate types. In any case, I don't know exactly what I'm going to plant yet. I thought I would start with some hearty plants I saw in tubes at Petsmart. Any suggestions on a good general substrate would be appreciated as well as thickness.
Glad you could join us here and that it's on the "green" side of the hobby.
I think you like the Finnex lights. I have a "Planted+" on my 20g-long
and I'm very happy with it. The kind of plants you can grow with yours depends a lot on the distance from the lights to the substrate -- what are the dimensions of the tank?
Since you're just getting into plants, you'll probably do best to start with the low to medium-light plants that don't need added CO2
, plants such as anubias, java fern and java moss, and the various cryptocorynes. Look for videos by a user named "Pecktec" on YouTube: he's done some great things with these plants.
There is a wealth of substrates on the market, aren't there? With the plants I described above, you really won't need a dedicated-to-plants substrate, though you'll want to get some root tabs for the crypts and Amazon swords, if you get one of those. I like about 1.5-2" of substrate in a tank.
And be sure to start a "build" thread (with pics) for this tank.
Now open: "JJ&J's Seafood Buffet
" 20g long planted freshwater - Sunset Fire Platy (x5 adults, many young (argh)),Neon Tetras (x11), x3 amano shrimp, 40 lbs. Eco-Complete, AC 50 + AC 20, Finnex Planted+ 8 hours per day, Seachem ferts.