02-03-2007, 06:54 PM
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planted tanks give you another thing to do in fish keeping, it is not tropical fish keeping, it is a completly different world of aquatic gardening, my opinon, yes go planted.
You dont need any special equipment, but there are things to get.
First as a neccesity you will need a strong lighting system, a 2wpg (2 watts per gallon) is good for basic plants, 3wpg is even better, most full on aquatic gardeners use 4wpg as well. Since you are a begginer, i would suggest either 2wpg or 3wpg.
There are special equipment that you can have though, you could either buy or make your own carbon dioxide injector to artificially raise the carbon dioxide levels in the tank. This extra carbon dioxide will help the plant grow. Another thing many gardeners like is fertilizer, as an obvious fact fertilizer helps the plant grow. These two things are optional but you can do it if you like.
If you are going planted, you should buy some gravel that is specifically made for planted tanks.
With plants you also need to choose fish more carefully as some fish will rip the plants apart.