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[APD] A not-very planted tank
I am helping a youth organization I work with set up a 75 gallon tank in
their office. It will be a fish tank, not a planted tank, but I would like
to add some plants. I will be doing 50% water changes and aquarium
maintenance bi-weekly, and keeping the fish load fairly low since I won't be
there to watch the tank daily. Inhabitants will likely be Rosy Barbs, Pearl
Gouramis, Corydoras, and Ancistrus. The tank currently has a single 48" T-8
bulb for lighting.
I was thinking lots of floating plants like water sprite or hornwort, to
compete with algae for nutrients. And then very shade tollerant plants like
anubias and java fern underneath. The anubias and java fern would probably
be fairly sparsely planted, more as accent to the driftwood and stones. I
planned to have the anubias potted with leonardite/flourite, and then bury
the pot in a mound of gravel matching the tank decor.
Will a setup like this work? Am I asking for algae problems?
Is the lighting sufficent for a floating plant cover and to get enough light
down to the plants below, or would more lighting be advisable?
Would you recomend any nutrient dosing?
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