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fishfry* 09-27-2007 10:46 AM

plant suggestions for my 20 gallon
I have a lengthwise 20 gallon, with a single flourescent tube hood. I want to setup a "live plants only" tank, with massive numbers of live plants. I want plants that spread fast, help with oxygen, filtration etc. Do I need a diffrent lighting setup for what I want to do? or is a single tube enough? also... any sugestions of quick spreading plants that will work well for me? thanks!!

fish_4_all 09-27-2007 11:36 AM

Ok, I don't want to discourage you but plants do not help with filtration and if they did it would smother their roots and kill them. They will remove nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, phosphates and other nasties but will not function as a filter in the sense of replacing a real filter.

As for what you are looking for, more light and CO2 injection will be the best way to get it. 60-80 watts of compact flourescent will provide what you want and a pressurized CO2 system along with a really good fertilizer dosing regiment will provide massive growth and minimul algae.

But before I get too in detailed here, I have to ask what this is for? I am guessing you want to use it as a sump or wet/dry filter. IF this is the case, you will need a portion of the tank divided off to act as a mechanical filter and another to act as the biological filter although the plants will work to do most of the biological part it is still needed.

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