planting an aquarium

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sorry if there are already threads about planting an aquarium but i have a more specific question.
can i /should i plant my aquarium with live plants with LED lights only?
i got 1 plant from my LPS as a gift today, cause i mentioned i have bad nitrate issues. so i mentioned planting the tank, so she gave me one of her plants that came in today. anyways.
i know this will help with my nitrate (there is nitrate in tap water, and along with my tank that was overstocked until about 20 minutes ago)i had a crazy amount of nitrate no matter what i did. i couldnt even really get acurate readings it was so high.
but, i dont know how effective LED lights are for planted aquariums and i dont know what i should do to make the substrate more livable for plants, but also work with just 1 oscar in the tank.

its a 8 inch red oscar in a 55 gallon tank.
4 feet long
1 foot deep
2 feet high

any help would be lovely. ty
(p.s. sorry im rambling alot)
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Matt replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

LED's can work for planted applications however, I don't think you can beat a good T5HO set up.

I was using a standard T12 on my discus tank, about two or three weeks ago I switched to a DIY T5, and I'm already seeing results.

The thing most people don't understand about planted tanks, is they think 1 or 2 plants and their nitrate issues are solved. That's not the case, it takes a heavily planted tank, I'm talking wall to wall green to see it affect nitrates.

In your case, since you have nitrates in your tap water, I'd suggest a couple things. Getting a small reverse osmosis unit or buying RO water. That's going to give you as close to pure uncontaminated water as you're going to get.

Or, you could set up a type of refugium, where you get a storage container, a small pump to circulate and oxygenate the water and a light source to help the plants grow. Fill said container an dlet the plants do their thing for a week to remove as much of the nitrates from your tap water as possible. Then use this water for your water changes and discard your old tank water as usual.

Just some ideas that may or may not prove useful to you. But like I said, don't slap one or two plants in there and expect to see a huge difference. Also, you can look around for the required wattage on LED's to penetrate the depth of water you have. I know for T5's it's normally 6000k and up, k being the kelvin rating of the bulbs.

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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

ty, and i definitly was not thinking 1 would change anything at all. i was expecting to go back in a week and buy a ton more.
im on a pretty limited buget and cant buy any special adaptors or filters or anything, im 19 with a part time job XD so the cheapest thing is the best thing for me.
and what is RO water? i was told to get distilled water, is it the same thing?
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Matt replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

RO is reverse osmosis, it's what a lot of saltwater fish keepers use in their tanks and people that have terrible tap water.

As for being 19, well the T5 set up I got from Home Depot for about $35 bucks. I had a ballast sitting around and replaced the one it came with so I could use HO bulbs. I also gutted an old standard aquarium light fixture and mounted it in there.

One day I'll build a hood for the tank and remount them, but I'm definitely about doing things on the cheap. DIY is good fun and a great learning experience.

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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

ok, well im gonna give a planted oscar tank a try. i know its gonna be tough, but its probubly not gonna be terrible since my oscar doesnt rip out plants as much as others i have heard of.
my fiance recomended getting something called "peat" to put under the gravel. so im gonna go get some of that and redo my tanks substrate.
but it sounds like your having a pretty successful time with your tank, and hopefuly it rubs off on me XD ty
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I reccomend doing some research reguarding peat an underlayer, peat is all organic material (ie. Sticks, moss, leaves) this stuff will decompose and release all kinds of bad things into the tank. Unless your going to do a high tech planted tank (high lights, co2/excel, fert dosing) I reccomend you stick to sand or gravel and add root tabs to help suppliment the growth
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Matt replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

Yep, that's what I did, keep it simple lol

I use Seachem Flourish, and the Flourish Iron supplement. I've definitely noticed improvements since I started doing that + the new lighting

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

chances are though that your oscar will rip up all your plants eventually.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

Nina_W wrote: chances are though that your oscar will rip up all your plants eventually.


OZ loves my plants!!

and Ken has a great thread on planting a tank if you really want to do it right!!

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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: planting an aquarium

yeah my oscar isnt too bad with plants. i mean sure he uproots some if he is in a bad mood, but he doenst make sure they are all uprooted and all that.
i guess we will just have to see =)
and thats good to know about the peat
ill just stick with my gravel.
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