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substrate change help
Old 08-09-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
 
substrate change help

Ive got a 30 long tank with about twenty tetras and about 6 low/mid light plants. Im planning on a new lighting setup and going with a new substrate but im unsure of what what substrate to go with. For lighting i have a typical petstore single 24" t5 bulb in a hood and am looking at 36" 4 ballast HO setup. Im not sure if ita overkill or not. The setup has the option to run only two bulbs too. anyway, any input or tips on the substrate change would be appreciated. I plan on bucketing the water, and putting the fish and plants in a bucket while thier landscape is changed,i plan in using the same filter ect. Anything in particular i should know before i do this so i dont kill everything in the process? BTW i use gravel substrate now with excel and flourish for the plants, they are healthy but dont grow much
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
 
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What spectrum are the bulbs?
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:16 PM   #3
 
36" 156W Aquarium Light 6700K T5 HO Fluorescent Lamp Lunar LEDs Reef Coral 3ft | eBay this is the one i want to buy. Right now i have a single full spectrum t5 (i forget the brand)
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:24 PM   #4
 
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That will be a lot of light. The single is probably enough. Or just get another one if you want. What is the kelvin rating? It should be 6,500 for best growth.

Back to the substrate. I use flourite topped with black sand. It works great. But for just basic easy plants, i would use just petco black sand. Or you could get some fluval stratum, i heard it is good. But flourite is the best. Or you could do just flourite black sand.

Btw what plants do you have now?
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:28 PM   #5
 
Flourite topped with black sand was probably what i was going to go with. The reason i like that light is that it has a timer and the functions to have all of the bulbs on or just two(and its cheap) i could put 2 full spectrums in and two normal ballasts too. Ill post a picture of my tank. Im new to the game and have no idea what the names of the plants are to be honest.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #6
 
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Okay, you could get the four t5s and do 2 6500k bulbs, one plant bulb (forget the kelvin rating), and one actinic bulb (run at night, it is sort of cool). Just have like a pattern with the timer. Do like one 6500k bulb in the morning. Than all of them in the afternoon. Than just the plant and a 6500k in the evening, than just the actinic at night. That is how i would personally run it.

Also just to warn you. The flouite WILL mix with the sand and WILL end up on top. Just every water change mix it around a little. Also do like 1.5 inches of flourite and 3 inches of black sand on top. That way it may not mix as much. Also thicker the substrate the better for the plants.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
 
lets see if that works. I hate the gravel. Its tacky and i want to get some groundcover and get aome landscaping in.
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Didnt work. I personally like the look of a little gravel mixed with sand. I think it looks more natural. The ground cover will cover it anyways.
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