Making A Planted Tank


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I'm starting to research aquascaping as my tank build is dull and boring so I'm looking to add some plants into we have a 218-gallon tank that already has a bunch of LED lights above it and we have a few pieces of wood and a little bit of grass and some white and black gravel. What I was thinking of doing was moving all the gravel towards the back of the tank making a slope to it and getting some new gravel and putting some plants down that will create a bushy look to the front of my tank and getting some moss to put on our pieces of wood so that over time they will grow all around the wood.

If anyone has any advice for me since I'm just starting this it would be greatly appreciated or any recommendations on what to get I have a fairly large budget so budget does not matter as much.
If need be I can post as many pictures as nessicary,
 

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Few quick q's.

What exact lights do you have not all lights are made equal when it comes to a planted tank.
Are you willing to add pressurized co2.

Gravel is inert and your better off adding some type of aquasoil, the brand doesnt matter so much. But it will lower your ph so you have to consider your stock.
Also you need to decide if you want high light with co2 and are you willing to dose ferts daily or once or twice a week
 

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+1 from what smee82 said.
Just a couple things to add.
What's the wattage of your current light?
Wavelengths are important to consider for plantlife. Some eBay knockoff lights don't have the proper wavelengths for plant growth.
If you choose to not use co2 make sure you're dosing with a good fert like seachem Excel.
 

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Isn’t excel a co2 booster? An algaecide? It’s serves its purpose but ferts are flourish and thrive. Also I use the vivagrow off eBay with great results.
First planted tank go with gravel or sand. I use 1/8” gravel liquid ferts and root tabs. Aqua soil can be messy and only lasts so long.
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Isn’t excel a co2 booster? An algaecide? It’s serves its purpose but ferts are flourish and thrive. Also I use the vivagrow off eBay with great results.
First planted tank go with gravel or sand. I use 1/8” gravel liquid ferts and root tabs. Aqua soil can be messy and only lasts so long.View attachment 544229
I also have the vivagrow from eBay! Problem I had with it was a failed circuit board after a year that forced me to rewire it. I was only able to get it to shine full brightness with no features.
Excel is definitely marketed as a co2 booster. I've had great results. Some have reported a reduction in algae due to use but I don't think it's specifically an algaecide.
 

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I'm starting to research aquascaping as my tank build is dull and boring so I'm looking to add some plants into we have a 218-gallon tank that already has a bunch of LED lights above it and we have a few pieces of wood and a little bit of grass and some white and black gravel. What I was thinking of doing was moving all the gravel towards the back of the tank making a slope to it and getting some new gravel and putting some plants down that will create a bushy look to the front of my tank and getting some moss to put on our pieces of wood so that over time they will grow all around the wood.

If anyone has any advice for me since I'm just starting this it would be greatly appreciated or any recommendations on what to get I have a fairly large budget so budget does not matter as much.
If need be I can post as many pictures as nessicary,
Moss is nice, but most moss will take over the tank so you have to trim regularly.
 

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. Aqua soil can be messy and only lasts so long.View attachment 544229
Why do you say is aquasoil can be messy and only lasts so long.

The aquasoil in my 15g lasted for 5 years before i tore it down and i know use it as substrate for cuttings and seedlings. The soil in my 110g is 3+ yrs and still going great.
 

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Only what I’ve read here. That it needs to be replaced after about a year. Or you have to add ferts and root tabs.
 
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