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  1. I am taking a new approach to having plants in my aquarium. I have tried several approaches, and it is time for a new one. First, I took seaweed with roots, out of the lake and put the roots in 2 inch pots with the suberates gravel and tuck them together against the back of the aquarium. The large number of crayfish tried to climb up the plants and dug around in the stones, going after settled fish food and such and always uprooted the plants. My second attempt was to let the seaweed float around and I changed it often, because the lake had a huge supply floating around on it. Now the lake is down and out and the fresh seaweed is not washing up anymore. I have some floating in my scud 10 gallon tank and my 55 tank. But there won’t be new stock until spring. My third attempt was to hang a plastic basket with side handles about halfway in the water with fiber fill in it and the HOB filter emptying into it. I put cutting in it. Some cutting grew, others did not. Now my tanks are inside with covers to keep the cats from going swimming, so baskets at the water surface don’t really fit under the covers. Currently, I am keeping the bottom of the tank substrate free so I can tell what and how much the picky eater fish are eating. I bought a water sprite and an easy planter, and it is starting to settle in and grow new leaves. I can easily move it between tanks in the easy planter. I have ordered "Windelov" Java Fern to tie to a rock and Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus to put in any other easy planter. I have a feeling the P S Octopus will want to be in soil, so I was planning on getting some aquarium soil and layer it in a pot between pebbles top and bottom to keep the circulating water from disturbing the aquarium soil. I bought Easy Green All-in-One Fertilizer Easy Root Tabs to feed the plants. My questions: Does this new approach sound like it will work, or does it need adjusting? What kind of soil should I put in the pot? What plant light to get? I want to get a good plant light for the 55 gal 4-foot-long tank. I don’t want to do colored light shows or fancy programming. I just want something that will be good for getting the plants to grow. Please let me know what you know about the lights on the market. (This really confuses me because aquariums should not be near windows with natural light because algae will grow out of control, but tanks need plant lights for the plants. I don’t understand where the balance is.)
  2. So I know the Fluval 3.0 is a fav among aquarists, but it is far too expensive to buy in Canada ($300 on Amazon). I can't justify that for a low-tech tank. Finnex isn't as widely available here either so I'm really looking at Nicrew. Specifically, I am looking at the NICREW SkyLED Plus Aquarium. It seems pretty similar to the Nicrew ClassicLED plus. It does have increased red spectrum light than some of their other models. I am doing low-medium light plants in a 33 gal (36 long x 18 deep x 12 wide). Of course I have I few inches of substrate so don't need it to travel the full 18 inches. The most demanding plants I would like is Scarlet Temple and maybe some type of carpeting plant. SkyLED plus : ClassicLED plus he RGB Plus: Thoughts?
  3. I got a 90 gallon for Christmas but a light did not come with it. I was wondering what is a good light for low to medium plants in a 90 gallon. Would a Finnex stingray do, or would I need a 24/7 Planted+. If a 24/7 Planted + would be the way what kind should I get? I don't have enough money to spend on a Fluval 3.0 as it would be $220. Thank you for your response.
  4. Howdy Nerms, So I got a 32 gallon Fluval flex for Christmas and my wife loves it! (My tank, but she loves it, two birds right) The question I have is the Aquasky light seems awful dim with just one light, will my plants flourish.? There is room for another but I wanted fellow Nerms opinions first. What can I do in this situation? Your thoughts are welcome, Tedrock.
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