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Old 02-26-2018, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am starting back up with a planted tank. I am looking for advice and recommendations with an odd tank size. 30"w x 19"d x 36" t. I believe it comes out to be 90 gallons. It is drilled and was used as marine. Metal halide and two fluorescent compacts for the light. ISO power head, mineralized topsoil, and plant recommendations.
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Vallisneria looks wonderful in tall tanks.
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It would be interesting to see a photo of the tank and lights. I agree with Michael about vals in a tall tank.
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Here is the tank and the light fixture.
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definitely yells low tech w/ vallisneria sp. and anubias, and wisteria... imo
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Low tech would be fine with me, definitely less maintenance. That plant selection dutchmuch sounds great!

I am curious if since I have a metal halide, is there a possibility of a high tech setup? I have room on the other side of the wall under the stairs case for anything extra if needed.

I also plan on a deep sand bed if this helps any.
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if you go high tech, injected pressurized Co2 w/ EI dosing/ etc

Recommend these plants: Pogo erectus, Tall hairgrass, Dirt the tank cap with sand, ludwigia arcuata, some blyx japonica, have a Very small foreground area and make it most background, and a lily that grows in all levels of the tank Except for the floating leaves... And stellatus "type 2"
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maybe some type of bonsai type tree scape , with mosses on top, and petite anubias on the bottom.
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If you want to know how much light you have, with that mix of different lights, you can use a PAR meter to do so. You can borrow one: https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...par-meter.html I have a hard time believing that with all of those fixtures that you could have low light. But, I don't see any way to guess how much you do have.
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Thanks for the link for the PAR meter.

Is there anywhere I can get mineralized topsoil?
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