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post #1 of 13 Old 01-23-2017, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Name's Dennis and I recently decided to get my 40g breeder back up and running. I've been doing research but by no means am I any kind of expert.. Previously held a turtle but this time I'd like to try out a planted fish setup. Mostly looking for a peaceful aquascape and THEN add the fish once the tank is established. More concerned with how the plants will grow and secondly worried about the types of fish to stock it with.

I was excited to start my tank again so I jumped the gun and already put the gravel in the bottom.. Half is quite fine while the other half has slightly larger stones. Its set up in a spiral pattern with the 2 types of gravel separate. After doing more research it seems as if I should've first put down a layer (2" or so) of a substrate that specifically says promotes plant life. Tonight i'll scoop what I have out and add an additional layer of CaribSea Eco Planted Substrate.

Am I heading in the right direction?? I look forward to learning and eventually helping out where I can. Thanks!
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-23-2017, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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As far as plants are concerned my research has led me to Jungle Val for the backgroud, either bacopa or amazon sword for midground and I'm undecided for a short plant for the foreground and filler between rocks and driftwood. I'd like the center piece to be a piece or two of driftwood (no idea what kind. Ideas?) with some kind of moss that will grow on the wood.

Any helpful hints, tips, suggestions would be much appreciated.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-23-2017, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a 20lb bag of substrate that promotes plant growth and I'll mix it into my existing sections once I know where I'd like to have the plants


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post #5 of 13 Old 01-24-2017, 10:42 AM
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It looks like a nice design for sure. I have never had great luck with plants, I have tried just gravel, eco plant substrate and dirt with gravel cap. Never seen a huge difference in plant growth. Now days I will put in gravel and let the tank run for 6 months then add plants right into the gravel it works okay. So sorry not much help for sure.

I will say I like my amazon swords they grow pretty well and are nice in the back of the tank. I like to put Java fern or Anubis on drift wood that way I can move them around a little if needed.


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post #6 of 13 Old 01-24-2017, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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It looks like a nice design for sure. I have never had great luck with plants, I have tried just gravel, eco plant substrate and dirt with gravel cap. Never seen a huge difference in plant growth. Now days I will put in gravel and let the tank run for 6 months then add plants right into the gravel it works okay. So sorry not much help for sure.

I will say I like my amazon swords they grow pretty well and are nice in the back of the tank. I like to put Java fern or Anubis on drift wood that way I can move them around a little if needed.
Thanks for the reply! I'll take whatever kind of input I can get at this point. I know a lot of the process will be trial and error but speaking to someone who's got more experience is helpful.

Swords seem to be a popular plant and relatively easy to grow.. and they're easy to find at the chain store pet shops.
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-24-2017, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Leaning towards the 36" Fluval LED 2.0 Plant light.. little expensive but in the long run I think it'll pay off. Replacement bulbs for other units seem to run about $15 each. Lots of good reviews and its got great light output.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-26-2017, 08:03 AM
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soooo, I think you need to put in some sort of Permanent barrier to keep your substrate from becoming a mess....

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-26-2017, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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I wasn't expecting it to stay in place for long, but never really thought about adding a barrier .. Do they make fish tank friendly, bendable, cut to size, barriers ?
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-26-2017, 08:46 AM
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Probably not specifically for the purpose you intend, but I'm sure you could retrofit something, such as the plastic backing pieces for glass tops. Will likely require some ingenuity to keep in place.

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