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Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby rajivmemon » Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:22 am

Hi,

My self Rajiv from indore, i have read extensively on this forum and learned a lot , finally decided to join and seek help before i start my fresh water tank ...

I have been keeping fish since 3.5 years but always had issues with ammonia, it was freshwater and fish were gold fishes , i later learned a lot and realised my mistakes about filtration etc...


Now i am trying to set up a planted tank, before i start i just want to ask experts if i am missing any thing as even a small mistake can make all my efforts waste ...

So i have the following stuff with me ...

Tank 30 inch long, 12 inch width and 18 inch tall, about 80 litre

I have order a sunsun hw 302 canister filter

I have marine blue bio media blocks

I have seachem purigen for the filter

I have ceramic and bio balls

I will not be using carbon as many experts suggested against it ...

I have seachem prime

I have seachem paraguard

I have aquarium salt ...

High quality fish food...


I have 10 litre controsoil .... I have 10 kilo of white river stone(unpolished) and natural river gravel , i will use 60% tank for contro soil and rest for stone ....

So i have also ordered 50 plants from kochi from ebay , all beginners plants ...

Now i need help with below questions if you can kindly guide ...

1) I need help with what light i should have , i am a bit low on budget right now so kindly suggest a good light ...Not so expensive ?

2)My canister filter is yet to arrive , should i go ahead and set up the tank with simple internal filter and add the canister in the next few days as it arrives ?

3)I have a zebra danio and one gold fish currently , only 2 fish, when i add soil , i hear there is ammonia spike , but experts say not so much with controsoi las with amazonia soil, should i add the fish a day later after a 80% water change after adding soil ?

4)My plants are still in packed (air tight ) for 7 days now, how long will they survive, or should i buy fresh plants ?

5)What can i do to make plants grow best ?

6)Is having 2 inch thick substrate enough, can i plant directly in controsoil as they suggest so and many youtube videos also say so ?


Thanks so much hope to learn much more and enjoy my hobby , so far i am only tense as my fishes have one problem or other all the time, hope it will be better this time ...


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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby rajivmemon » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:41 pm

Just an update about the plants i received from ebay for 1000 bucks, all the plants were in bad shape , the stems were still in good shape , there was a smell of leaves rotting...

I have removed bad leaves and planted them, do you guys think its a good idea, should i keep them in aquarium or remove them ...

Also can you suggest any place where i can order good plants and what variety you will suggest for low light and low co2 tank ...

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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby SanamMarik » Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:50 pm

Hi Rajiv, Wlcome to the forum... :)

1) Is there any chance that u can get a tank of another Dimension? Coz all tubes length come is round figure feets. But fr 30" you will have to settle for the 2 x 36 watt PLL fr that height... one 8000K and another 6500K
2) yes u can use ipf.
3) plz relocate the goldfish, they r nt meant fr planted tanks...
4) depends on a lot of factors...probably they wont make it.
5) add pressurized co2
6) yes enough..yes u should
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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby SanamMarik » Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:51 pm

u can try sreepadma.com or green shack(operated via fb)
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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby rajivmemon » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:29 am

@sanam Marik - thanks, yes all plants look terrible, i will today remove all the plants when i will do the 80% water change, also can you kindly suggest any hardy plant species that can survive the long journey in a packet , i am willing to have just one or two really hardy plants ...

About the goldfish i will try and get a new small tank and put it in there...

Thanks again for all the help , i will try and get a new tank in coming months ...

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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby SanamMarik » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:27 am

Why u wanna keep plants in pkt? Jst buy plants wen ur tank is ready. Gold fish needs quite bigger space to stay well...small tank wont do :)
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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby rajivmemon » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:02 am

@SanamMarik Ok , so how long should i wait and what parameters should i check for, i have a api freshwater master test kit, kindly guide , also my canister filter will arrive tomorrow, should i attach it to tank with contro soil 10l substrate already in there..

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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby SanamMarik » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:42 am

Whose param u wanna chk?
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Re: Planted Tank Newbie Help Needed

Postby rajivmemon » Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:32 am

Hi, the tank is ready, it has controsoil already added, the plants were not in package , when i opened them they were all rotten , smelling bad , bought from ebay , will not recommend, the packaging was bad in paper and all rotten ...

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