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Going to plant 14 gallon this weekend..a little help please

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Going to plant 14 gallon this weekend..a little help please
Old 04-10-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
 
Going to plant 14 gallon this weekend..a little help please

Ok I have a 14 gallon I am planning on planting with the following this weekend
2 of : Cryptocoryne wendtii red or green

2 of : HEMIANTHUS CALLITRICHOIDES ROCKS

1 of : Isotoes lacustis

2 of : Marimo balls

1 of : Marsilea Quadrifolia fourleaf clover (12 stems)

1 of : Petite Anubias Nana

I plan on using potting soil as a substrate, topped with natural gravel. i have read that planted tanks do not need to be cycled. Is this true? And what about filtration? I have a HOB filter for this tank. It should be running right? or should I go with a DIY songe filter? Both? neither? HELP is appreciated. Oh and I also plan on setting up a DIY Co2 injector.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
 
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Yes, planted tanks need to be cycled and yes you should continue to run your HOB. How do you plan on keeping to potting soil from mucking up the water when you put your plants in and gravel vac the areas without plant roots? Eco complete would be a better choice.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
 
Hrm... I had not thought of that. I have read here that this is what {some}folks use
here http://thegab.org/Articles/WalstadTank.html
But Now that you mention it, it does sound kinda difficult. so this eco complete, would petsmart have it?
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:24 PM   #4
 
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They've got it planted so it can't really be vacced all that much and they can't have it stocked with anything that might move the gravel around. Seems kinda icky and just too complicated to me. Petsmart I don't think carries it but you can order it online...
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:35 AM   #5
 
Yes i am rethinking the idea........ hmm there is a place that specializes in landscaoing with aquatic plants not too far from me. I think I will check if they have some better substrate, or if they can get some faster than I can order it. My plants are going to be in today or tomorrow. I will have to keep them in a bucket till I can get something suitable.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:15 PM   #6
 
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You do not have to cycle a tank before addfing plants, Is a good idea to cycle before adding fish. The plants you chose are interesting:
2 of : Cryptocoryne wendtii red or green
2 of : HEMIANTHUS CALLITRICHOIDES ROCKS
1 of : Isotoes lacustis (Isoetes lacustris)
2 of : Marimo balls
1 of : Marsilea Quadrifolia fourleaf clover (12 stems)
1 of : Petite Anubias Nana

Just a heads up, the Wendtii will overtake the tank under descent lighting and Marimo balls need some kind of movement or current to stay round and not turn into just a sheet of algae.

From low light to high light and from low needs substrate to rich substrate. I like it personally but be ready for some challenges. If you can find it locally or order it go with the Eco. I have never personally used it but when I can afford it I will use nothing else for plants.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:17 PM   #7
 
Remember to roll your marimo balls from time to time to make sure that all areas get sufficient light.
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:25 PM   #8
 
I had no idea what to get so i just went to the hard to kill section of the website and ordered those.
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
 
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The plants you listed are some of the harder ones to kill but do have some fairly diverse requirements.
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide.php
http://www.tropica.com/plant_print.asp

Check out both web sites, they often have similar information and will give you an idea of what to expect. Just keep asking questions and try to meet the requirements and they should work sooner or later.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:00 PM   #10
 
I got them today, beautiful plants..but...err WHERE is the rest of them??? lmao I guess I will be planting my two gallon instead. Off to read the links thanks so much!
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