Maeve Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 TL;dr: please help me not kill my whole tank. Hello! I am hoping to garner a little advice from the collective as it were. My husband bought me a 29g Aqueon tank kit for Christmas. We purchased my daughter her first fish, a betta and a 10g tank in October and since, I have been enamored with watching him and spending far too many hours watching youtube videos about fish. I am wanting to do a planted aquarium, and hoping if people could "weigh in" with gentle advice on if my plan is solid, or what I can do to improve. I am planning to replace the light that came with my kit with the 30" Finnex Stingray LED light on the site. I have purchased some driftwood and dragon stone for aquascaping and am planning for a layer of eco-complete along the bottom and gravel on top. It's a 29gal so I am aiming for approx an inch of eco-complete and an inch of gravel. I was planning to buy 1 20lb bag of the eco-complete which by my research is a little shy of what I would need for a full inch so I was going to spread it thinly where stem plants will be that need less root fertilizer and mound it more heavily where the root plants are. I will buy easy-green fertilizer from Aquarium Co-op. But I have very hard water in my home and am not sure what I need to do to account for that. (We are planning to install a water softener in the near future.) When I do my initial planting, is the eco-complete enough, or will I also want to dose the Easy-Green then. I am assuming yes. And about how long should I wait after planting to begin introducing fish to my tank. In the videos it seems people plant and then fill the tank with water and begin the cycling process. I don't need to have cycled the tank before planting? As for plants, I would like it to be fairly 'lushly' planted. This is what I currently have in my cart: Tiger Lotus Bulb x1 Java Fern x2 Scarlet Temple x2 Java Moss x2 Anubias Coffeefolia x2 Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red x1 Aponogeton Crispus x2 Red Dwarf Lily Bulb x1 Monte Carlo x1 Banana Plant x2 Cryptocoryne Pink Flamingo x1 Dwarf Hairgrass x1 Anubias nana petite x2 I feel with this I might be overplanted, but I just kind of went through and picked things I liked and was going to narrow from there. Im doing a very serene stream like scape for my tone using stone, spiderwood and natural gravel, so I really liked the few plants with bronze and red to kind of pop out and help some of my fish to pop. Speaking of fish, my current plan is to go with a few cory cats, fancy guppies, celestial pearl danios and neon tetras. Im still deciding on my 'centerpiece' fish. Probably just a few honey gouramis, but I have considered a ram to swim in the low to medium area. I also really like otocinclus and kuhli loaches, but know I can only have so many. lol Please help. And please be kind, I am really new at this but am wanting to learn and to do right by my fishes; while also not setting fire to hundreds of dollars of fish and plants. Am I heading in the right direction? Thanks! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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