planted tank

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  1. jammers2

    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    i am trying to make a planted tank and i was wondering if anyone on here has any experience doing this and if so how they did it.
     
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  3. irr0001

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    I have done a few. Check out my tank thread on my signature. What are you needing help with?

    Ivan
     
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    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    i mostly need help with fertalizer and lighting
     
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    Im doing mine the easy way jammers

    Im using Seachem, flourish liquid fertiliser, weekly
    and Seachem Excel - organic carbon, every other day

    Steve
     
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    Flourish excel is a great product..from what I have heard you get nearly the same growth as with CO2. What size is your tank?
     
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    Steve your tank looks fantastic.
     
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    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    well im going to have a 30 gallon sw planted and a 44 gallon fw planted
     
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    Buy a high quality substrate for the FW tank. Aquariumplants.com has an excellent substrate IME. They are also an excellent source for plants. You will want to get a very good light fixture like a T5HO or LED fixture. Use 5000K to 12000K bulbs getting a mix is a good way to go. You will want at least a 2 bulb T5HO fixture if not 4 bulbs. Not sure on the LED but lighting close to reef level is good for planted tanks.
     
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    jammers2 Astrea Snail

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    what do you mean by high quality i know i can't use regular tank substrate but i was reading it was ok to use sand as the top layer is this true or should i use something else and only one layer