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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-26-2019, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hay I tell my wife the same thing, I will only put one tank in the office. I now have 5, 5.5 betta tanks and 1 10 gallon community betta tank . living room has 3 10 gallon and 1 29 gallon. I've been banned to the basement for any other tanks and when I get the basement ready for more tanks I have to move all but one betta tank to the basement. LOL.

I hate to tell her I've already ordered a 125 gallon for delivery around Christmas Planing on putting it in the dining room until the basement is done. LOL

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Thats really impressive. I wish I had more room I would get Bowfront 72 gallon Aquarium. Maybe one day....

Regarding 29 gallon planted aquarium, what is the best substrate for the plants? I will purchase Marineland LED Advanced Strip light 24 inches it expands to 36 inches. I think this will be good to keep planted aquarium. But I don't know anything yet about the substrate.

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There are many different substrates I have always used a mix of sand and very small pebbles. I add plant tabs and supplement with SeaChem Flourish. Some use Florite which I find quite messy and I don't like the way they changed their product in the past few years . I used it about 8 years ago and I thought it was great but there has been a change. I got a 15 lb bag a few months ago and put it into a new startup 5.5 tank. It was a total disaster. I washed it for over an hour and placed it in the tank. it looked like I put potting soil in and mixed it up. I drained the tank and washed it some more with the same results. I left it sit for 48 hours to clear and changed the filter. when I went to plant just the slightest movement caused a cloud. I emptied the tank in the drive way and that's where that product is today. Really the best and cheapest I have found is either White playground sand or black blasting sand. Add plant tabs and use Flourish and the plants will thrive.

The LED strip is a good idea and will give you low to medium lighting. So pick your plants accordingly. Beware most plants that like medium to high lighting will need CO2. API has a liquid CO2 that works well Or you could spend quite a bit on infusers. I choose the API and don't have any problems with my plants.

The choice of plants is up to you but in a 29 gal. try a few banana plants I love the way they grow and when they reach the surface and the leaves spread out they are amazing plants. Do as much home work as you can on your plants find out what their needs are and things will be fine.
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So I did research little bit about the substrate. I am planning on mixing "ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia II" with "ADA power Sand Adwance-S". The soil Amazonia II lowers the pH of the water but it also relives Amonia so it is recommended to cycle the tank befor adding the fish.
Does anyone used it befor in planted aquariums? What are ur opinions about it?
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After few months I wanted to update my topic. So how I mentioned before I was convinced to get 29 gallon aquarium and I did it. My project is up and running for 2 days now. Here how it looks so far. 20200207_070826_1581249488359.jpg Water is still cloudy but to start the cycle I did house in it 4 Bolivian Rams. I love those guys. IMG_20200208_210432_303_1581249572759.jpg
In near future I am planning on adding tall plants to the background. Also I want to house in it few Honey Gouramis and school of Panda Corys.

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My Tank is comming to life. I've just added honey Gouaramies to my Bolivian Rams and few smaller plants. Name of Rams are as follow: Molly, Dolly, Romeo and Shadow. Love them already. They give me a lot of joy.IMG_20200211_042726_491_1581413615448.jpg
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post #26 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-15-2020, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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My tank is now fully furnished 😊. I added bunch of plants and air stone. Currently I am housing I it 4 Bolivian Rams and 6 Honey Gouramis. After the cycle will close I will add school of Panda Corys. Fish loves to hide between plants and in caves. 20200215_075942_1581771932575.jpg
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