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    At some point in the future I would like to try live plants however right now my budget only allows for the fake plants. Does it make sense to use the Eco substrate (used for plants) so if in the future I want to change to live plants, I can just pull out the plastic ones and put in the live plants rather than pulling out all the gravel and putting down the new substrate.?

    also, what size heater would you recommend for a 55 gl tank? I sit better to have two smaller ones at each end of the tank or one larger one?

    thanks for all the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2life View Post
    At some point in the future I would like to try live plants however right now my budget only allows for the fake plants. Does it make sense to use the Eco substrate (used for plants) so if in the future I want to change to live plants, I can just pull out the plastic ones and put in the live plants rather than pulling out all the gravel and putting down the new substrate.?

    also, what size heater would you recommend for a 55 gl tank? I sit better to have two smaller ones at each end of the tank or one larger one?

    thanks for all the help

    Richard
    does anyone want to jump in and help with my questions?

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    If your going to add plants later, it would be a good idea to set-up you tank with plant substrate now to avoid it in the future. Some of the easier to care for plants won't need it tho, but at least this approach will help you avoid having to add this later.

    I always like having around 3 to 5 watts of heat per gallon of water. For a 55 gallon that would mean 275 watt of heater. Maybe a 200 watt and a 150 watt heater would be best.
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    Use play sand if you want a tan/white color substrate
    use black diamond sand if you want a black color substrate

    both are inert, so you'll need some form of root tabs, but they can be cheap and last 3 months.

    I just did a substrate swap, and it was not fun...so +1 to cliff to do it now vs. later.

    look online for heaters, the generally are like 10bucks (if not more) cheaper than in stores.

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