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New to planted tank. I have a 55 gallon tank with 18 buenos aires tetras, 4 serpae tetras, 1 female betta, and 2 cory cats which I will be turning into a planted tank.
I purchased (3) Myriophyllum heterophyllum red bunch, (3) micro sword potted, (3) anacharis bunch and (2) anubias hastifolia potted which I received 1/14/11. They are sitting in a 10 gallon tank with two single 15 watt tank strips. My 55 gallon tank has a 32watts lighting strip.
I ordered a T5 48" lighting system 260 watt with timer which will arrive on Wednesday. I guess you can say I'm impulsive for ordering plants and the lighting system without doing much research.
About a year ago I purchased a number of plants that eventually died. I didn't know why they died but upon doing some research found out buenos aires tetras are hardy eaters and love live plants, so I left it alone and never attempted live plants. Recently I decided to turn my tank into a planted tank, so I went ahead and ordered the plants without doing much research, I then found out that my current lighting 32 watts will not be enough and my plants will die again, so I started doing some research and found a lighting system which would give me the wpg I needed, but in reading, it looks like I might have more lighting then I need and now because for the overage wattage I will now need to add CO2 which I ordered in liquid form (hopefully it works if not I guess I'll have to build one of the systems I've read about with the yeast and soda bottle). I posted a picture of what my tank looks like now with it's artificial plants, it doesn't look bad, but I like the look of live plants.
Wish me luck in my new endeavor, any feed back would be appreciated.
Forgot to mention that my substrate is 2 1/2" natural gravel, river jewels. Can I plant directly into this gravel? I have no sand or soil under my gravel.