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Old 10-08-2007, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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im new to this website.i have a few questions because i plan on converting my 75 gal malawi cichlid tank to a planted community tank.the questions are basic ones you heard a million times before,but this is the first time im going to be dealing with plants.i hope everybody likes long threads because this is going to be one of those ones.let me start by telling the goods i have. i got 2 canister filters.1 cascade 1200.i like this cause it has a flow control valve.the other is a fluval 400.i got 2 200w heaters.2 48in lamps one is coarlife 10000k the other is actinic.the are ran by an e-z double ballast.OK.for the fish, i would like to go with some discus.what are good tank mates?i like to know what kind of gravel works best?how does laterite work?how much lighting im i going to need.i would like the tank to be heavily planted. will the filters i got cause to much current?i dont know any plants by name . i would guess starting out with less maintence plants first? i dont plan on getting fish right away i want the tank to be established first.thank you and i respect everyones comments.
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Since this is your first planted tank, I would go with a low light/low tech tank. For a 75G tank you will need 150 watts with plant bulbs (5500k-10000k) to get 2wpg, which is a good starting point.

For plants you could go with: Crypts, Hornwort, Anubias, Vals, Sags, Java fern, mosses, Rotala, Hygro etc.

Either one of the filters you have will be enough filtration for your tank alone. If you prefer to use both you can. Just adjust the flow rate to where it is not blowing the plants over.



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2 48in lamps one is coarlife 10000k the other is actinic..
The actinic lighting wouldn't be beneficial for the plants at all, I'd suggest to replace the actinic lighting with another 10000k light.
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Many different substrate materials work very well, so you can chose the one that looks the best to you. If you decide to go with a non-CO2 el natural style tank, you will want a layered substrate of soil and something like pool filter sand, or soilmaster, or other neutral material. I doubt that you have too much water current with those two filters, but if you do, I would drop the Fluval 400 - not big enough for that size tank, in my opinion.
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