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Old 01-29-2011, 10:22 AM   #1 
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Need help with changing tank to Planted

Working with:
  • 10 gallon cycled, filtered, heated and lighted.
  • 1 betta, 2 shrimp, 1 snail.
  • Gravel substrate
Wanting to:
  • Replace plastic/silk plants with live plants within the next month or two.
Need to know:
  • Should I change the substrate out completely?
  • Should I put in a new substrate and layer over with current gravel?
  • Will current gravel with no new substrate sustain live plants?
  • I don't want to mess with CO2, is this going to be okay not to have?
  • When doing the change over, how should this be done?
I thought maybe I'd just buy a plant or two and get started with the current set up, but now I'm second guessing myself.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:14 AM   #2 
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If you have regular gravel that is fairly small in diameter...it will be fine for plants....what is more important for success with live plants is your lights......for 10g tank you need 20w 6500k bulb-daylight and best to start with new bulbs especially if yours are over 6 months old

You don't have to have CO2 unless you go over 3wpg or have plants that require it

Lots of low-mod light plants that work well in low tech setups
Java moss, java fern, anubias, crypts, vals, sags, wisteria, naja grass, swords, hygrophila, lugwigia, bacopa, rotala, water lettuce, frogbit and the list goes on......
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Thank you. Gravel is the typical stuff you find at walmart. What about fertilizer, etc? I have printed off your post so that I can make sure to get the right bulbs and will research the plants you listed to see what I might like best in my tank.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:53 AM   #4 
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Oh..one other thing, I'll probably be ordering plants online, any recommendations?
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:00 PM   #5 
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It is possible to do it with a 15W light in a 10G (have a look at my tanks in the tab,my 10G "main tank" has a 15W light.The main thing is,as Oldfishlady says,choosing the right plants for your setup.
The best lquid fertilzer I found is Seachem Flourish.

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Thanks again, taking everything in to account. My main problem is not knowing what I do not know.

Freshwater Aquarium website offers this for $83.94:

FREE SHIPPING WHEN ORDERING ONLY THE PACKAGE. IF YOU ADD ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO YOUR ORDER, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY SHIPPING This plant package will work with your existing regular strip lighting! Here is the page with the layout and details: Lowlight Package It includes the following aquarium plants:

2 Java Fern
2 Anubias Nana
1 Red Melon Sword Plant
8 Lilaeopsis Mauritius
4 Dwarf Saggitaria
1 bunch stem plants, red and/or green
6 Vallisneria or other suitable background plant
2 Cryptocoryne wendtii "Red"
2 Cryptocoryne wendtii "Green"
2 Cryptocoryne Lutea
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It is possible to do it with a 15W light in a 10G (have a look at my tanks in the tab,my 10G "main tank" has a 15W light.The main thing is,as Oldfishlady says,choosing the right plants for your setup.
The best lquid fertilzer I found is Seachem Flourish.

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Your tanks are very nice.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #8 
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Thank you
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:27 PM   #9 
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All very nice plants...sure seems like a lot of money though.....someplace on this site someone posted a link for plants...wish I could remember who and the thread title......dang.....and several people ordered and was happy with what they got and for a lot less money and fairly cheap shipping too...I think....I have only ordered once on-line and I was very happy with the plants and service.....
http://www.sweetaquatics.com/
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someplace on this site someone posted a link for plants...wish I could remember who and the thread title......dang.....and several people ordered and was happy with what they got and for a lot less money and fairly cheap shipping too...I think....
http://www.plantedaquariumscentral.com/

I think that is the site you are looking for OFL I ordered from them too and everything they sent me is really nice I am about to order some driftwood covered in moss from them in a few days
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