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Shall I put bubble stone into my Planted tank?

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Shall I put bubble stone into my Planted tank?

Post by taimoortwm on Wed 06 Apr 2011, 9:47 pm

Just about to start a new planted tank, What should I put in there?
Anybody has some good idea?
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Re: Shall I put bubble stone into my Planted tank?

Post by Stickzula on Wed 06 Apr 2011, 10:26 pm

For my tastes . . . NO! A bubble stone does not belong in a serious aquarium. That is more of a sunken ship, fake pink coral, "no fishing" sign, kiddie setup kind of thing. That's just my opinion . . . to each his own.

The success of a planted tank will depend on one thing . . RESEARCH. Know what you want and what you will need to do to achieve it. Here are some things to be considered. You will want to start with a good substrate. The particular type you use may depend on what you plan to grow so do some research on specific plant requirements. Generally you put a layer of nutrient rich substrate down and then put a layer of sand/gravel (depending on your plant's need) over the top. Next thing to decide is lighting. Plants need a specific amount of light to flourish. Some plants need little, where as others need a LOT. You will need to decide if CO2 injection is right for you as well. The answer to that will determine whether or not you can grow certain plants. Next plan your aquascape, generally shorter plants to the front and larger to the back. Finally decide on the fish you will keep. The most impressive planted tanks I've seen are dedicated to housing just plants with NO fish. The fish you keep will limit the plants you can keep.

There are entire books dedicated to the successful setup and maintanence of planted aquariums. I am no expert, in fact I have little first hand experience, but have read tons of material on the subject and grown more plants than I have killed. If I were to get serious about a planted tank, I would probably join a forum dedicated to just that like Aquatic Plant Central
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Re: Shall I put bubble stone into my Planted tank?

Post by taimoortwm on Wed 06 Apr 2011, 10:34 pm

Thanks a lot! There are so much to learn. I will keep digging online. Smile
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Re: Shall I put bubble stone into my Planted tank?

Post by Siberman on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 7:43 pm

* Hides his "Scooby Doo Deep-Sea Diver" ornament from view. * Laughing

Matters of taste aside, I think a regular airstone / pump combo would be detrimental to your planted tank because it will increase the gas exchange and let more CO2 escape the system (much like too much surface agitation from HOB filters or spray bars).

I could be wrong here. Y'all feel free to chime in. Wink

Like stickzula said : research, research , research.

*Personal opinion* A planted tank with a school of neon or cardinal tetras rocks.
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