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post #1 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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hi all im new here to the forums starting my first planted tank in a 38 gallon 2 2ft t5s im going to use for lighting and have a few flourish tabs to get some nutes into the gavel bed just want to know what would be the best to get started with dont want to over crowd my tank or buy something that wolnt mix well with my fish have 10 white clouds 10 neon tetras and 3 january tetras and 2 breeding pair of dwarf blue rams any suggestions would be appreciated also where to find some good ones would be nice to know other than petsmart and petco

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 04:39 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

First question we need to ask you, is what method/type of planted tank are you after? Many of us here are low-tech or natural method aquascapers, but we have a couple high-tech experienced members too. By high-tech we include CO2 diffusion, more light, and more regular nutrient fertilization (often daily to balance). From this we can go less and less down to a basic planted tank with low and moderate light requiring plants.

You might find my article on the latter useful, here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...uarium-178786/

I'll also mention our plant profiles, here:
Freshwater Aquarium Plants Profiles

On your lighting, it is T5, but do you have HO (high output) or NO (normal output) tubes? This makes quite a difference.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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ok so im going for a more natural setup so i dont have to buy cannister filters and regulate co2 the t5s are HO used previously for growing veggies during winter i should also mention that the place it is in doesent get natural light other than what little comes around my red tail boa tank so wondering if light on and off time matters for good cycleing

checking out those 2 links

also wanted to check before i go buying random plants as after i get this first one going i probally with do my other 3 tanks are there any aquarium plants that would harm any fish
in my one of my other tanks good assortment for this question have 2 bumble bee cats 1 pleco 2 brown neck eels large swordtail 2 mollys 2 silver dollars and a stinkpot turtle

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 05:21 PM
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Tubes need replacing regularly; for T5 I understand they do last longer than T8 [I use T8] so I can't say when, someone else may be able to help with this. But when the time comes, you might want to consider NO tubes as this will be less likely to cause algae issues, since you are intending a low-tech method.

If you check out the photos of my tanks under the Aquariums tab below my name on the left, you will see examples of moderate light tanks.

Whichever, you want tubes around 5000K to 7000K for best plant response; most manufacturers have 6500K tubes which seem to be about the best.

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i like what ya have going on in that forest stream lagoon sorta what im going for plant wise good long hangers from top broad leaves and long skinnys ones and what kind of moss is that deffinetly like that
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i like what ya have going on in that forest stream lagoon sorta what im going for plant wise good long hangers from top broad leaves and long skinnys ones and what kind of moss is that deffinetly like that
Java Moss. It often arrives on wood if the wood has been in a fish tank. The floating plant is Water Sprite. The lower plants are pygmy chain sword. All are in our plant profiles.

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