My new planted tank...
So I am working on my newest project tank (2nd ever) and i have decided to make it a planted tank. I wanted to post this to get some thoughts and ideas, as well as some guidance on my tank. It is dry now and in the planning stage, so any helpful advice and criticism is most welcomed.
I plan on using a sand substrate and my lighting will be an even coverage of a single T12 6500k fluorescent bulb. I am prepared to utilize fertilizers (Seachem's Flourish with Iron?) as needed per species chosen.
1. One subject i am a little iffy on is filtration. I have a new Aquatech that is the cheaper version of the Marineland 400 (minus the bio wheel, which i understand should be advantageous for my planned setup). This particular filter has a fliter cartridge, and Bio filter cartridge. Should i remove the biofilter cartridge like Byron advised in his sticky? Some people i have spoken to say that in their heavily planted tank, they do not even utilize a filtration system. Is this at all advisable?
Thoughts on these:
Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
Hygrophila Difformis (Wisteria)
Hygrophila Corymbosa (Compacta)
3. And snails. (REALLY need input on this one as i have had a 50/50 mix of good and bad input on these) Good or bad? I have read some, like apple snails, are very bad for plants, while other people i have spoken with have said snails do wonders for algae and substrate cleanup, all while leaving the plants alone. Thoughts??
4. Now the biggest question...fish stocking...
I would ultimately like to have some larger fish in my tank as opposed to community fish, but i am a bit unsure of species to choose. I am NOT interested in cichlids or oscars. I understand some species like plecos, cichlids, crayfish and others will graze on them. I have been looking around and i have to say i am really drawn to the Grasscutter Catfish, but i am finding it very hard to find any information on them. Will they eat or uproot my plants?
African Brown, and Black Ghost Knifes. It reads that these are for advanced fish keepers only....is this indeed the case?
Thank you for your time and input and all the help thus far. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Flourish Comprehensive Supplement is a complete and balanced nutrient fertilizer and all you normally need, depending upon the GH of the tap water (the "hard" minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium are minimal in Flourish because they assume these will be in the tap water). You should ascertain the GH and KH of your tap water, this impacts not only plants but fish, and further on you mention some highly sensitive species.
AWESOME post Byron. That really helped out. I apologize i must have forgotten to edit my post fully, it is a 29 gallon tank.
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