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post #1 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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hi i have a 70 gallon that got taken down due to travel and i am going to set it up again but this time with plants. it is 70 gallon, fluorescent with 1, 36 watt tube (my dad bought it), 1 inch of river gravel (small pea size) no co2 yet but can get it, ehiem 2215 canister, and heater
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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sorry my sister clicked submit
and i was wondering what plants i could have in it
i can upgrade lighting and co2 and have lots of good lfs
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 07:52 AM
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You do NOT need co2! Check out my aquarium log here on the left all these tanks are set up with lights fromt he homestore, no co2 and no ferts.

What is important however is the light! Check see if you find a name on these bulbs. Ideal for plants is a light called "Daylight or Ultimate Daylight" rated at 6500 Kelvin and for a 70g something around 60-70 watt.
You can find these lights for cheap at Lowes, Home Deopt, Walmart....just be sure & read the small print you have these same spec's.

Then you can house just about any plant there!

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I second Angel on the light. On the substrate, small grain river gravel is fine (provided it is inert, meaning it is not calcareous which adds hardness to the water), but you will need more of it than 1 inch. For substrate-rooted plants (=plants having roots in the gravel) you should have 3-4 inches. It can be 2 inches along the front and sloped up towards the back or built up with rock or wood as terraces to provide a deeper area for plants like swords.

An Eheim canister is an excellent filter, and especially in a planted tank.

Byron.

P.S. There is a series of four stickies at the head of this section on a basic guide to a natural planted aquarium that may provide some useful information.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 03:58 PM
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Good catch Byron...I didn't even see the part about the gravel.....Like B. said def get more 1" won't be enough. I have my newest 55g set up with about 2.5" in the back (where most large plants are located) and about 2" maybe lil less in the very front; that works well for me.

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-02-2010, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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only $10 for 40lb of river gravel here
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-02-2010, 08:34 AM
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where at you at?

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-03-2010, 09:20 AM
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Oh never mind I doubt I'll go shopping there any time soon

Once you get your tank put together there, maybe you could post pictures for us??? We love pictures

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