Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-06-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 19
new tank plant advise

Hi All,
I'm starting up a 55 gallon tank. I've been advised to ditch the undergravel filter, which I think would be a great idea since I know they are a Pain in the :censor:. That in mind, i'd like to have a planted tnakand I have a few questions and any answers and suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

1) How long should I wait before placing live plants ?
2) For a 55 gallon tank, can I get away with using 2 standard 15W florescent bar lights in the hood? If more is recommended, is there a higher wattage bulb I can use in the same hood?
3) Is there any special material I should use to promote plant growth? I read that Vermiculite and Laterite work good, but does that go well with a sand bottom? If so, do I add some on the very bottom, then put the sand over top?
4) This is a biggie... Do I need to add CO2 to the tank? I looked at a DIY kit for producing CO2 using Yeast and it looks pretty do-able to me (I think I'd put all mixture bottled in a box though in case it explodes )
5) What plant types would you recommend?
6) Lastly, Are the plants you buy in a package that sit on the bottom of the tank and grow after a week acceptable? I've had them before and they and 2 out of 4 actually grew into decent plants, but died shortly there after - I'm guessing CO2 was the problem?

Thanks in advance for any insight you might have!

__________________

__________________
Reese299
Reese299 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 1,114
Welcome to the world of planted Tanks Reese. A high tech tank full of lush exotic plants can be a complex thing. If you start simple, learn along the way, and work your way up to the more advanced systems you should do fine. Much like keeping fish, when a person starts out they should get a goldfish, or maybe some mollys. But a person just starting to keep fish should not expect to be able to breed Discus their first month.


1) How long should I wait before placing live plants ?
No waiting period. Many often place the plants even before the water goes in.

2) For a 55 gallon tank, can I get away with using 2 standard 15W florescent bar lights in the hood? If more is recommended, is there a higher wattage bulb I can use in the same hood?
No, you will need more light. As a minimum, you will need a 40watt normal (T12) over a 55 gallon. And even that will still limit you to low light plants. For a beginner, a normal "shop light", which can be purchased for 8 bucks at the hardware store is a reasonable place to start.

3) Is there any special material I should use to promote plant growth? I read that Vermiculite and Laterite work good, but does that go well with a sand bottom? If so, do I add some on the very bottom, then put the sand over top?
A low tech, low light setup, with beginner plants. Plain gravel will do just fine.

4) This is a biggie... Do I need to add CO2 to the tank? I looked at a DIY kit for producing CO2 using Yeast and it looks pretty do-able to me (I think I'd put all mixture bottled in a box though in case it explodes )
CO2 is not required until you get into a higher light setup. For your tank, until you have over 110w of light over the tank there is no need to mess with CO2.

5) What plant types would you recommend?
Java Fern, Java Moss, maybe an Anubias barteri. You could also float some Frogbit on the surface. Or float some Anacharis in the tank.

6) Lastly, Are the plants you buy in a package that sit on the bottom of the tank and grow after a week acceptable? I've had them before and they and 2 out of 4 actually grew into decent plants, but died shortly there after - I'm guessing CO2 was the problem?
They died when they ran out of the nutrients/energy that was contained in the bulbs. Start with the plants suggested above. Get them to grow successfully, then move on to basic stem plants. Bulbs, and the plants they contain comes a little later.

And finally, stick with it. There is nothing more beautiful than a nice aquarium willed with healthy plants. Aquariums are nice, but a planted tank will make people go WOW!! when they walk into your home.
__________________
Zezmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
plant, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first tank-- Advise please SwimmingWithTheFishes Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 27 08-24-2008 05:43 PM
Please Advise On My New Tank. Dr. Dai Phan Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 88 07-14-2008 10:04 AM
20 Gallon Stocking (Plant and Fish) - Need Advise/Comments Tong Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 12 07-26-2006 09:41 AM
Plant ID and some advise b4tn Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 07-05-2006 04:34 PM
plant advise would be much appreciated Dogz Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 22 07-25-2005 06:45 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.