01-16-2012, 03:11 PM
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is this your only tank? alot of planting tanks the cheap way is honestly trial and error since ever bag of fert you get is different same goes for play sand. i would keep track of the exact amounts you put in the tank dirt the tank plant the plants, cycle this tank for about two weeks and test the water with a kit that tests ph ammonia and all the other little things fish need just right to live.
another thing i dont know if i mentioned or not before, pleco's are amazing fish but are a horrible idea for a planted tank, they will eat you plants, uproot them, and string poop all through them so in the end all that work of tankscaping for nothing, personal experience.