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fishysrfun 07-27-2012 12:11 AM

A question about substrate
 
Can you use regular aquarium sand in a planted tank as long as you add Flourish Comp?
Also are my lights ok? I have a 38 gallon aquarium with 1 24 in 17 watt t8 fluorescent light will that be enough for moderate- heavily planted tank?
Thanks 😄

Boredomb 07-27-2012 01:49 AM

Yes, you can use Sand for a planted tank. It doesn't have to anything "special" either regular playsand works just fine and is much cheaper then Aquarium sands. You will need Flourish Comprehensive as you mentioned.

As for your lightning, it should be fine as long as you stick with low lightning plants. Anubias, Java fern, Java Fern, Amazon swords just for some suggestion.
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fish monger 07-27-2012 09:35 AM

A 6500k "daylight" tube would be good for low-moderate light plants. It could also support high light floating plants since they would be close to the light. Flourish Comprehensive is a good all purpose fertilizer and a single bottle goes a long way.

fishysrfun 07-27-2012 11:31 AM

Thanks for your help!
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Boredomb 07-27-2012 02:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1173644)
A 6500k "daylight" tube would be good for low-moderate light plants. It could also support high light floating plants since they would be close to the light. Flourish Comprehensive is a good all purpose fertilizer and a single bottle goes a long way.

Ahhh Thanks Fish Monger forgot to add the part about 6500k light bulbs
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