Plastic to live plants
I got a 29 gallion tank and I want to put live plants in it.
Do I have to do anything special to the water or can I start adding plants?
You may need to change your light to a daylight bulb. A 29 gallon likely has a 24" T8 tube on it, so get something like the Zoomed Ultra Sun bulb. Avoid the ones at the petstore marketed towards plants, they're usually not very good due to low intensity (but correct color spectrum).
Then you'll need a fertalizer, a comprehensive one like Flourish. Avoid ones like Leaf Zone that only have a couple elements in them. This is something you add once a week, a day after your water change.
Otherwise that's it. Go for low light plants to start, you'll have better success and not get discouraged as easily. They may look bad in the first couple weeks but that will be when they are adjusting to their new environment, they'll snap back.
Smaller sized gravel or sand are better for plants than the larger sized gravel. They're better for root systems and don't allow as much waste to get trapped deep down.
Thanks for all the info, one question about lights.
Has anyone used LED lights? Wondering if they work ok.
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Why I was wondering about the LED lights is these came with the tank I got. The tank is a 29G
I do have a older light and hood set up, should I just stick with this?
Likely they are not the correct spectrum. All you could do though is try and see what happens. Only use low light plants though.
If you can find any specs on them, mainly color spectrum (usually 4 digit number ending with a K, example 6500K) and a lumens number post it to get an idea. Wattage isn't very useful with LEDs.
This is what they look like.
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