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Getting Started in Planted Aquariums
Old 03-18-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
 
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Hi, I have had a 29 Gallon Freshwater Tank for a few Years.

I hate the Plastic and Silk Plants but everythime I buy Real Plants they wither away and die or get eated ot both.

What is most important in my Upgrade?

1. Lighting
2. Dirt
3. Fertilizer
4. CO2 System

Of the 4 things listed above can you please tell me which is most important so I can upgrade and actually keep my plants.

Is there anything I left out?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:09 AM   #2
 
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I just posted a answer for you here about this questions http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ts-they-39388/
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:56 PM   #3
 
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I second Angel079's comments in the other thread. CO2 is not necessary, substrate of regular inert small gravel works fine, fertilizer (liquid added once or maybe twice a week depending upon plants and number) usually helpful to supplement the minerals from tap water and fish food, etc., and lighting is the single most critical component.

Tell us what light fixture you now have over your 29g tank, what type of tube (this will be printed at one end, give us all the info) and if one or two tubes; and what fish are in the tank. I and others can comment on the light, and the fish will tell us if certain plants will work better.

Byron.

P.S. There is a 4-part sticky article ("A Basic Approach...") at the top of this section of the forum that explains the basics of a natural planted aquarium, you might find the background helpful.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:59 PM   #4
 
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Since I grow in gravel... and don't use ferts...I'd say light.

assuming you have one of the cheap incandescent (plain light bulb) hoods, go out and buy some cool white CFLs. 2 10W cool white 6500k would be plenty IMO
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