12-11-2008, 07:44 AM
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Well if you are generally interested we can help?
I could run down some basics right now. The only issue with live plants is the cost of the equiptment. But once you have it all then you're good, besides replacing a light bulb here or there.
You'll need a light wattage of 2-3 watts per gallon, some fertalizers, and some live plants. I don't want to tell you you'll NEED a co2 system... But honestly I tried to do without one for a few of my tanks and it didn't work out to well. With the high wattage of lights and no co2 the plants are starved for 'oxygen' and algae (such as the black hairy ones) thrives.