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Old 09-12-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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How hard is it to start a planted tank???

i have a 36 gallon bow front starter kit from aqueon. I also have red and black gravel and just he lights from the kit. i want to change this tank into a planted one but i am wondering how hard it would be. would i need to by new substrate, lights, anything special for the plants? i just really want to know because i have never had live plants in an aquarium but always wanted to and now that i have a bigger tank i want to maybe try it, thanks
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:28 PM   #2
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Some plants you don't need any particular special lights. Such as java fern and java moss. Many others too! But I'm nÝ expert. :p
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Red ludwigia and water wisteria (don't know if I spelt that last one right) are also okay with a standard light. For the substrate I'm not sure of pea gravel. But I do not see a problem. As I said, let's wait for the pros to chime in....
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alright thanks for the info
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:59 PM   #5
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What are the specs of the lights you have on the tank? You may be able to get by without changing much of anything.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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this is the tank i have and i didnt upgrade anything im just using what it came with Aqueon 36 Gallon Deluxe Bow Front Aquarium Kit - Aquariums - Fish - PetSmart
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looks like that is a t8 fixture, does it have 1 or 2 bulbs? Are they long single bulbs? It does say full spectrum which is a plus, I'd try out anacharis, hornwort, or any of those plants listed by the previous poster. Just get a few to begin with and see how they do. You don't need any special substrate or ferts to begin with, but they are a good idea if you plan to get more serious into planted tanks (along with a lighting upgrade later on).
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yah there are 2 long single bulbs and i saw some dwarf hair grass that looks cool, would that work out?
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:18 AM   #9
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No, dwarf hair grass typically needs a more intense light.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:52 AM   #10
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awww ok i guess i wont be gettting those then
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Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium - Plant Care - Fish - PetSmart
and the light you have. *change the bulb to a daylight bulb* get it from walmart-lowes.

if u run root plant get some root tab.

this set up if for low light plant---
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when first add plant to the tank, the plant will shock and melt but dont worry it will heal in a couple days and grow... the new leaf r the one you want to worry about.
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