Best aquarium for planted tank

What is a Planted Tank?

What is a Planted Tank?A planted tank is no different than a fish tank when it comes to maintenance and accessories. The aquarium is as difficult to set as it is putting together a fish tank. It has been proven that both types of aquariums have great effects because of their visual impact. The only difference is that the fish filled tank offers a bit more color and it can be considered more exciting. Other than that the basic layout is pretty much the same. Even though it may sound a bit strange, underwater plants need the same attention as fish. The big difference is that the cleaning process is not that complicated. Most beginner planted aquariums come with adaptable and very sturdy plant species that are not that sensible. You are better off learning a thing or two about this type of setting with plants that will not deteriorate if you fail to act the proper way right from the beginning.

Planted TankWhat Is The Main Purpose Of A Planted Tank?

A planted tank is closely related to Aquascaping. It is more about developing an interesting layout that grows all sorts of plants and that is not focused on the fish. With planted aquariums it is all about how stones, rocks, plants, or driftwood are arranged inside the tank. It is basically underwater gardening that could also include some fish that are benefic to the actual plants. A successful planted tank is pretty hard to develop. Most people who take on the task of investing in a planted tank have to start from scratch. When it comes to fish tanks, several companies provide aquariums that are good to go and that don’t necessitate any further attention.

What Are The Basic Needs Of A Planted Tank?

It is pretty much up to you. There are several types of layouts that come with all sorts of accessories. If you plan on creating a planted aquarium for a minimum amount of cash you will probably not need strong lights, fertilizers and CO2 injectors. Purchase the plants that can develop without the help of these items. Red plants for example cannot evolve or develop unless they are properly tended to with powerful light. On the other side green underwater plants are not as complicated and will grow normally even in natural light.

Remember to only purchase plants destined for underwater use. Some stores sell ground plants which will only ruin your aquarium in time. They will deteriorate in a matter of weeks and no planted tank enthusiast wants to mess with the habitat he started to create.

Carib Sea CaribSea Eco-Complete 20-Pound Planted Aquarium, Black
Pet Products (Carib Sea)
  • Complete substrate for freshwater planted aquariums
  • Contains major and minor trace elements to nourish aquarium plants
  • Substrate encourages healthy plant root growth

I have a 55 gallon freshwater with plants

by Kestrel_42

As well as many community fish.
The keys to keeping plants happy are:
1. Be anal about doing your water changes. The plants need the water changed more often than your fish do. Do AT LEAST a 25% water change each week.
2. Pick a good substrate to put in the bottom of the tank. I like Flourite which I can get at my local aquarium stores. You want at least one pound of substrate per gallon of water (so for a 30 gallon tank, you'll need 30 lbs).
3. Make sure you have a good filter that offers both mechanical and chemical filtration

120 gallon tank - herp beginner - what reptile?

by dlgilbert4

Hi everyone,
I'm considering taking down my tropical freshwater aquarium and keeping a reptile of some sort. I'm a beginner when it comes to herps - I had a few green anoles and western fence lizards as a kid, but that's it. My tank measures 60" x 24" x 18" and is glass.
I have two basic ideas: (1) make a fancy planted setup, maybe even with a water feature, and keep several anoles and anything else that would be a good cohabitant, and (2) have a simple, easy-to-clean Astroturf setup for a snake or larger lizard.
I don't know if I'm handy enough to make a planted terrarium work in such a large tank

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Aqueon Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture, 30-Inch
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  • One Day White LED is included, expansion slots for two additional easy-to-install LED lamps
  • Plug and play connections are moisture-resistant
  • Includes pre-installed, adjustable mounting legs and three-position power switch: day, night and moon glow
Marineland Marineland 32990 Double Bright LED Aquarium Lighting System, 18-Inch to 24-Inch
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  • Marinelands revolutionary LED lighting systems
  • 6K one watt white and 60mW blue LED lighting system
  • 17-Hour of rated life
Seachem Laboratories, Inc. Flourite, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs
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  • The premium substrate for the planted aquarium providing essential nutrient to plant root structure long term for success planted aquariums
  • Specially fracted, stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium
  • Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any aquarium environment
  • Never needs replacement and remains effective for the life of the aquarium
  • Not chemically coated or treated and will not alter the pH of the water
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