12-28-2007, 06:10 PM
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I would go for at least 3 bags of flourite and a thin layer of whatever gravel you choose. I learned the hard way that flourite is the just about required for a planted tank. I tried when I was a newbie to get away wihtout it, I actualy didn't it exsited, and I went throught so many plants dying and I couldn't figure out why. Well once I upgraded, which is harder to do once the tank is established, the plants grew great and I actually had to seperate them and give half away. I didn't look to see where your at but I have a bunch of gravel/sand/pebbles that I'm going to get rid of. If you want to pay to have it shipped, I'll send you what I got to help make the financial aspect a bit easier. It's tough putting a tank together, I'm still working on getting my 55g the way I want it.