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Hello to all. I am a new member and look forward to gaining new information about planted aquariums.

I have been keeping a planted aquarium now for about 3 years. A 72 gallon bow front. It is my second planted aquarium. I started with a 20 gallon and after only a year, had the need to get a bigger tank.

I operate my tank with a hands off approach. I only fertilize when adding new plants and when the tank was getting going. I don't add any CO2. I didn't use any special substrate. The only splurge is my lighting system. I currently have a really nice 260 watt light system.

I recently moved and had to completely break down my tank. So now it has only been going for about 7 months. And only about 4 months with the light system. During the move my 220 watt DYI system got broken. With this setup I initially had a pretty bad hair algae outbreak and am still trying to get it under control. As the plants continue to mature and fill in the algae seems to be going away. I also lost 2 true Siamese algea eaters (crosocelus?) in the move as well and they really do a number on algae.

My next big move I think is going to be to change the substrate. I figure that now is the time to do it since the plants haven't taken a strong hold yet.

Anyway, good to be a new member and look forward to getting more info on this great hobby.

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I have been adding fertilizer pellets on occasion for the last couple of months. But no Co2. I may look into a cheap Co2 system, if the plants look like they need help.

As far as substrate goes, right now I just have plain gravel, kinda big and borring. I am thinking of going with eco-complete and a medium sand mixture. Something that looks nice and also functions well for the plants.

Any suggestions wold be great.
 
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