Starting A Planted Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by FishieAB, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. FishieABValued MemberMember

    I have had my tank since middle of May and really want to change it from artificial stuff and gravel to a planted tank. Its a 29 gallon long, Fluval brand tank. Fluval C3 filter, Fluval heater and Fluval lights. Honestly don't know what the wattage is on lights or heater I can see if its in the manuals I have. It came together as a starter kit. I do have a timer for the light however. I just have absolutely NO IDEA where to start. What plants, what substrate, what decor? I want as little substrate as possible because I have an Angelfish however.
     
  2. Thomas LinValued MemberMember

    The lights that come with Fluval tanks are not strong enough to support most plants, aside from anubias, java fern, and moss.


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  3. FishieABValued MemberMember

    I have no problem getting new ones, I can just fit them in to the light fixture correct? I'd like to stay away from buying a new filter if possible.
     
  4. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    You don't need a new filter, the C3 is a very good one.

    Do you have a link to the tank kit you bought?
     
  5. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    It's going to be kind of hard to have a planted tank if you want to keep the substrate to a minimum. One thing you could do is to keep it bare bottom with a piece of driftwood and attach a java fern to it. It will take forever to grow, but eventually you will have a big fern and get the planted tank look.

    You could also keep a few easy low light plants in terracotta pots.
     
  6. FishieABValued MemberMember

    I was just told I needed minimal substrate to keep my Angel. If that's incorrect I'll put it as much substrate as needed for healthy plant life. I don't like bare bottom.

    Here is the link for the kit I got.  
     
  7. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Are you only keeping the angel in the tank? No other fish?
     
  8. FishieABValued MemberMember

    There's also an algae eater and 2 swordtails though i'm really leaning towards removing the swordtails and getting a pair of dwarf cichlids.
     
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