I've been wanting to transfer my Electric Blue Jack Dempsey show tank to planted tank. However, im extremely new when coming to lighting (watts per gallon), plants, possible CO2
, and other nutrients needed (flourish).
Ligthing: Coralife 48" Single Linear Strip Two 65watt 50/50 straight pin base compact fluorescent lamps.
Substrate: Small gravel
I'll be switching over the gravel with pool filter sand. However, I do NOT want to plant any plants in the sand. Since my fish WILL uproot them I wanted to plant them in pots. I was thinking of using flourite in the pots as a "soil" for the plants would this work? The plants that I want are really nothing speacial. Some crypts (dont know what type), Ferns and other amazonial plants that will survive in my pH. I was thinking 2 small potted plants, and the rest 4 medium sized potted plants with a total of 6 pots w/ plants in them. Now onto the questions...
Ligthing? I am unsure how many watts per gallon I would need?
? Needed, or just suffecient lighting will do the trick?
Other Nutrients? Would I need to dose the tank with any flourish to get them going on the right track?
Hoping you guys can put me on the right track. If I do this with no knowledge of what i am doing, I'll be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Thanks in advance!!!