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    Hey guys its been awhile since Ive been on here but I need a lot of help for my first planted tank. This is my first tank that I'm going to do all live plants in so I'm starting small only 10 gallons. My first question is substrate, do I need to use a special type for plants or would normal sand/gravel do? Also co2 can I use tablets or is a small co2 diffuser worth getting. Last but not least Lighting. I have a hood already that holds 2 small bulbs. Can some one recommend a good light bulb or even two if you think I should mix them. Any web sites/videos that you would recommend will also help, thanks!
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    Ok Rats...I was in your position a while ago. Lighting depends on what kind of plants you want to grow.

    After a ton of research I'd suggest low tech first.

    The way I did it is...

    1. Tropica plant substrate, slow release of nutrient for rooted plants.
    2. Sand or similar substrate. I used 1-2mm gravel. Similar. This goes on top.
    3. Plant as you cycle, helps the plants to bed in.
    4. I chose hardy plants that are low tech. Anubias, Echinodorus etc but there are so many to choose from. Literally just google low light plants or low tech. Most plant sites have special areas anyway :)

    My lighting is T5. 2x24w. But as far as I understand, you can use whatever lighting really for a low tech. Normally whatever the tank is supplied with.

    It was a lot easier than I thought :)

    I will use C02 in the future, but not yet. I'll get the basics right first.
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    what I did for my 10 gallon is this -

    place 1" of Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix in the bottom
    get it nice and damp so it doesn't shift much
    place about 1 - 1.5" of pool filter sand on top to cap it
    fill tank
    insert plants - for lighting I actually use the incandescent hood with 2 compact mini cfl's - 13w x2 6500k bulbs

    between the miracle grow and my fish poo I don't need any ferts or co2 - see my journal for how the plants look only a couple short months after planting
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    If I use miracle gro or some other firt for the bottom will it ever need to be replaced? If what you say is true this may be easier then I thought..
    55 gallon, 22 Cardinal Tetras, 11 Celestial Pearl Danios, 5 Sterbai Corydoras, 5 Gold Honey Gourami, 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratsmax View Post
    If what you say is true this may be easier then I thought..
    All I have is pool filter sand, period. My plants are doing great, no ferts, no CO2....with medium to low light fixture, and medium to low light plants, that is.
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    You have some great advice above. It is a lot easier than you think.

    Substrate - The dirted tank is a really good way to go. Though an even easier way is to get some Eco-Complete and you won't need to cap it with sand unless you want to. Like Slap said, all he has is sand and you can go with that and see good results, I just feel you will see those results faster if you use eco-complete or something like it.

    Lighting - I just went to Wal-Mart and got two florescent blubs for aquariums. For a 10 gallon this will do you just fine.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    I would like to point out that if you go for a dirted tank like Tundra suggests, you use the Miracle Gro Organic potting soil like he suggests. DO NOT get any old dirt. That is the best and most readily available soil that is aquarium safe.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    Also if you do use the Miracle Gro Organic, make sure you take some tweezers or something when you do your water changes to poke at the sand a bit to release any trapped gases that will build up under the sand cap at first.
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    All this advise has really helped me. Unfortunately this is going to be like 3 months down the road. I'm hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney June 14 so all my money is tied up doing that.
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    I would suggest to take things very slowly and to start off with a very very simple set-up. Start off with a few very easy plants to care for that don't really have substrate requirements in order to thrive and only need low light to grow, like java moss or java fern. You can always build up towards more demanding plants from there, one step at a time
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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