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    My name is Marco and I live in Discovery. I recently shut down a 1200 litre reef tank and in the process of converting to a planted tank. I'm excited !!
     
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    Welcome Marco!

    Just curious, why did you shut down the marine? I'd also love to see photos of that :) At APSA, people love photos... Just ask @JAX ^-^

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the fresh side of the hobby.
     
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    Thank You, had a marine setup for approx 6 years and approx a month ago i saw a stunning planted tank and i was wowed !! lol. photies of reef tank will follow.
     
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    Sounds good. I've always wanted a marine setup, never had one, only freshwater tanks. Even set up my tank with a 70 litre sump and a "Bean Animal" overflow so that it's super silent but never wanted to go marine until I have more reliable people to look after the tank while I'm away. But since having a "high tech" planted tank I must say, it is quite beautiful and satisfying. I should probably have both. But time is an issue. Once you make a few friends online plants are easy to come by. Otherwise top quality plants from Jhb (but ship anywhere in SA no trouble) is:
    http://www.betterweather.co.za/

    Shrimps are also no problem :)
     
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    Thanks, appreciated.
     
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    @AdrianT, which plants are hardier to start with ?
     
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    Welcome to APSA Marco!
     
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    Are you heading towards a tank with low lights and no carbon dioxide (low-tech as they call it), or "high-tech", where you have plenty lights, inject carbon dioxide and fertilize the water column? Whilst there are plants which are harder to grow than others, my humble opinion is that if you go high-tech, and assuming you got all your parameters more or less right, then it's just a matter of some plants growing faster than others.
     
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    Welcome Marco, sure you will enjoy APSA
     
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    High-tech, is the route im taking, 8 x 80w T5, CO2 injection and fertilizing the water column.

    Thanks Guys.
     
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    Hi Marco and welcome to APSA :)
    I'm actually in the process of getting a marine setup :D Going to keep one planted tank though.
    As Adrian says, if you're going high tech, it's fairly easy to keep most aquarium plants.
     
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    Welcome. Tell us about your tank and equipment. We can help sort out what you can reuse from the marine setup.
     
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    What is the length and more importantly, depth of your tank? That is quite a bit of fire power.
     
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    Hi, tank length is 2100mm x 900 w x 750mm d. Water depth is approx 670mm. Tank is viewed from three sides, setup as a room divider. tank was a built with a skinny overflow.
     
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    Nice sized tank. Have your lights got reflectors?
     
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    Hi Joshua, thanks. I've planned to use most equipment excepting skimmer, calcium reactor and metal halide lighting. I decided to keep the NP pellet reactor and convert to a C02 reactor. As far as the substrate is concerned I don't have too much options as I would need at least 120 kg to get to 5cm thick substrate base and hence I've gone for PFS. Your thoughts ?:)
     
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    Tell us more about the marine decision @Linxie
     
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    Nothing wrong with PFS. I use it in all my tanks and I can grow plants :)
     
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    Yes, the T5 unit is DIY, and I built with reflectors. The t5 bulbs are 4 x grolux, 2 x aquastar and 2 x Philips 865 6500k
     
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    You may need to stick with the MH for the depth of your tank.
     

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