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A question about substrate
Old 07-27-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
 
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A question about substrate

Can you use regular aquarium sand in a planted tank as long as you add Flourish Comp?
Also are my lights ok? I have a 38 gallon aquarium with 1 24 in 17 watt t8 fluorescent light will that be enough for moderate- heavily planted tank?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:49 AM   #2
 
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Yes, you can use Sand for a planted tank. It doesn't have to anything "special" either regular playsand works just fine and is much cheaper then Aquarium sands. You will need Flourish Comprehensive as you mentioned.

As for your lightning, it should be fine as long as you stick with low lightning plants. Anubias, Java fern, Java Fern, Amazon swords just for some suggestion.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:35 AM   #3
 
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A 6500k "daylight" tube would be good for low-moderate light plants. It could also support high light floating plants since they would be close to the light. Flourish Comprehensive is a good all purpose fertilizer and a single bottle goes a long way.
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Thanks for your help!
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A 6500k "daylight" tube would be good for low-moderate light plants. It could also support high light floating plants since they would be close to the light. Flourish Comprehensive is a good all purpose fertilizer and a single bottle goes a long way.
Ahhh Thanks Fish Monger forgot to add the part about 6500k light bulbs
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