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Old 11-09-2015, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everybody. I just wanted to stop by and share with you my new little obsession. I'm not new to the hobby but I am new to the planted freshwater world. I have been been a reef fanatic for nearly 10 years. I have successfully kept an SPS/zoa dominated tank for many years. But this whole plant thing really intrigues me. I'm looking for some answers and advice. Here's a bit about the equipment that I have and the humble beginnings of my planted journey.

Equipment:
Tank: 20g long.
Substrate: controsoil (20lbs black 3mm grain)
Filtration: AC 50
Heater: Hydor Theo
Water: 6 stage RODI (seachem equilibrium added)
Lighting: lots of questions on this...

I plan on staying low tech to see where things go with this tank.

I'm looking at LEDS but I can't decide which one to go with. Current planted+ or finnex fugeray2. LEDS for planted tanks seem so bare bones compared to my reef lighting.

What are the best water parameters to keep for a planted tank?

What are thoughts on running carbon? I have a 5g bucket of BRS rox carbon I use for my reef tank. Just wondering.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this and answer my questions.

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Welcome to APC! Your stone work looks really good.

A 20 long is a shallow tank. When you say "low tech", I assume you want low to medium light. The Finnex Planted Plus is plenty. The Ray 2 would put you in the high light zone. For that tank, you might be able to use the Finnex Stingray. I have two of those over a 40 breeder for low-medium light. The reason I need two is that the light spread is too narrow for a wide tank

We don't usually use carbon on planted tanks unless there is a specific problem. The carbon actually removes the nutrients from the water that the plants need.

Unless you are growing certain delicate soft water plants, water parameters are pretty flexible.
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Welcome to APC! Your stone work looks really good.

A 20 long is a shallow tank. When you say "low tech", I assume you want low to medium light. The Finnex Planted Plus is plenty. The Ray 2 would put you in the high light zone. For that tank, you might be able to use the Finnex Stingray. I have two of those over a 40 breeder for low-medium light. The reason I need two is that the light spread is too narrow for a wide tank

We don't usually use carbon on planted tanks unless there is a specific problem. The carbon actually removes the nutrients from the water that the plants need.

Unless you are growing certain delicate soft water plants, water parameters are pretty flexible.
Thanks for the input. It took alot of digging through lfs rock bins to find the right rocks. The shape of the driftwood was important to hide the filter and heater. I'm assuming when you say ray2 it is the same as the fugeray2?

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Love the stand! If you have not put doors on the base yet look into the French cleat system. I use to run French cleats so I could remove the doors during maintenance.
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