Originally Posted by Clubber
Play sand is doable for this set up. I can get it at my local Home Depot. I will use that instead of the PFS.
I'm thinking maybe I'll leave the light on for 8 hours a day at first then if needed I'll reduce or increase it accordingly?
I'll use caution with the dry ferts. Maybe at first I could just dose regular Flourish?
Appreciate your advice.
Oh and Rip, it looks like Byron's low lighting methods are working well, very nice tanks!
Actually everyone in this thread has great ones.
I have the HD playsand in two tanks and I really like it. Pain to rinse at first, but once it is set up, a very nice substrate. My pygmy corys and two dwarf loach species love it.
I would start with Flourish Comprehensive; it is the only preparation I know of that has all nutrients included [except oxygen, hydrogen and carbon which all occur naturally in the tank] and in proportion for the plants' needs. Depending upon the plant species, once a week may be sufficient, or twice; the hardness of your tap water (some minerals occur there), fish load and fish food factor into this. For a 29g, only 1/2 teaspoon per dose, it is concentrated. Then the light duration can be worked out to balance.
If you haven't seen them, my series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" stickied at the head of this section might provide some general background info.