View Full Version : My planted tank plan

11-17-2010, 07:36 PM
I have a 20 gallon long. I have a standard hood that only holds one T-8 fluorescent bulb. My substrate is just mixed gravel, like this (http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/images/graphics/pebbleswhitecoral.jpg). My pH is 7.8 and my water is on the harder side.

I really don't have any options for re-housing my fish in order to remove and replace my substrate with a better plant substrate. Therefore, I want to work with what I have - just the gravel substrate.

I have done some research and I am thinking that this is what I will do:

Order this (http://www.aquariumguys.com/ultra-sun-fluorescent24.html) Ultra-Sun Trichromatic Fluorescent Lamp. 6,500 K, 20 watt, T8, 24".

Order these (http://www.aquariumguys.com/aquarium-pharmaceuticals-root-tabs.html) substrate fertilizer tabs.

Plant the tank with species that rely on gaining nutrients from the water column as opposed to the substrate. (Java fern, java moss, anubias,water sprite, etc.)

Set up and install a DIY CO2 system and diffuser. Possibly buy an airstone to run at night in order to avoid a pH crash.

I have also read online that if I did want to add some topsoil or other plant substrate, a good strategy for adding it without the mess and removal of fish is to freeze it in a bit of tank water. Then you simply bury the frozen water/dirt in the places where you are going to plant in the substrate. The ice melts and the dirt is safely and cleanly in place.

So, what do you guys think? Will it work?