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Old 06-21-2017, 11:29 PM   #1
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New to live plants

I have a 20 gal standard freshwater tank that is cycling right now, and I'm going to make it a community tank. I decided to try live plants because in my other 2 tanks I have fake plants. I watched many videos and some people used aquatic soil and some used regular sand. I'm not sure if what I have is okay, and I would like some help. I have some java fern and anubias in some standard petco sand, but I have the "Flourish" plant food that I added. Will this be enough? Do I need special substrate with more nutrients? Please help!
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Hey mate, no need for planted substrate in low tech. Anything is fine.

Dosing flourish is a great idea aswell.

Anubias and Java fern shouldn't be buried in the substrate or they will rot. Your better off tieing them to rocks or driftwood

Keep your lights on for 8-9 hours and u should be set
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Hey mate, no need for planted substrate in low tech. Anything is fine.

Dosing flourish is a great idea aswell.

Anubias and Java fern shouldn't be buried in the substrate or they will rot. Your better off tieing them to rocks or driftwood

Keep your lights on for 8-9 hours and u should be set


great! thank you so much!
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great! thank you so much!


No worrys, best way to start a planted tank is plant heavy from the start and keep your lighting as low as possible
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