Please help me make stocking list ;)

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  1. JJL

    JJL Purple Tang

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    So I am planning to make my 55 gallon FW a 55 gallon FW planted tank. I hope to officially start the build early-mid June
    i am going ot get T5 kighting and new substrate
    I have a 55 gallon tank that is 48 inches long
    Any FW plants (beginner) that you can suggest wouldbe great!
    I plan to make a densely populated (with plants) natural looking setup
    Thanks again
    JJL
     
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    Ambulia, Java Fern, Java Moss, Rotala indica, Hygrophila corymbosa, Amazon Swords, Anubias species, Cryptocoryne species are all good starters.

    www.aquariumplants.com has a beginner's plant section I believe. That will be a good place to start.
     
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    i love the lace java ferns and any crypts.
     
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    Ok thanks
    Later today I will make a final (first) stocking list. Meaning what I put on the list will be the first batch of plants thaqt go in. I think I read that I will only have to put ferts in after a year of the tank being setup? I like the amazon natural substrate on aquariumplants.com...can I use that...if so how much should I use for a 55 gallon 48 in tank?
    How do I go about putting ferts in?
    Are they just like liquids?
    And lastly do I just plant the plants by putting the roots under the substrate?
    Sorry...a lot of questions..LOL
    Thanks a ton
    JJL
     
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    Thanks for the input ;)
    I will look into those
    JJL
     
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    Yes you can use it and I would get at least 5 gallons, that will give a 2' depth.

    I would start adding ferts in at the first sign the plants' growth is slowing down or they are not looking good. I suggest using the aquariumplants.com Total pellet fertilizer.

    You will need to put some of the stalk under the substrate as not all plants will come with roots.
     
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    thanks again
    For most people when do the plants' growth slow/stop?
    I also cannot seem to find the total pellet fert on the website :confused:
    JJL
     
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    Why couldnt I find that? LOL
    Ok I understand....I guess I will play it by day
    When I need the ferts should I just get the TOTAL one or all of them?
    Sorry to keep bothering you ;) LOL
    JJL
     
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    Just get the Total.