Planted Aquarium Questions Question

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    FishySnail New Member Member

    Hey! I have a 40 Gallon breeder than I want to turn into a planted tank. I currently have dirt + fluorite capped with black sand in the tank. Anyway a few questions:

    Is 120v 40w enough lighting? For medium lightning plants in combination with the dirt?

    Do I need to use liquid ferts if I'm already using dirt?

    Suggestions for plants?

    I also plan to stock it with shrimp, otos, and livebearers in the future.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    40W would definitely be enough for low-medium light plants. You might have overdone it with the substrate IMO but i’m sure heavy root feeders would love it. You can have a nice tank full of crypts and swords or whatever you like.

    If you notice any nutrient deficiency in your plants then I would start dosing ferts but i’m sure that substrate would do okay for plants.

    You would have to do research on your own to find plants you like. We can only direct you to plants that we think look nice and have luck with.
     
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    FishySnail New Member Member

    Hey thanks! The fluorite is old from when I had the tank up years ago, so I don't think it has much nutrients.