Thanks for the replies, everyone. Strangely, the replies from TFK never appear in my user CP. Im glad I hunted around.
Byron, I'm mostly talking about carpet plants, which I've been advised do best with cO2, as well as a few other plants, including riccia. I had a massive plant die off due to extreme heat a while back and was looking to add plants that were a bit different, considering I have many tall plants and few short ones.
I currently have dwarf onion plants, java ferns (tall and a short, thin variety, the name escapes me!), Anubias
nana, young Water Sprite
, dwarf sag, Brazilian Pennywort
, Hygrophila difformis
, a broken up marimo ball/moss, a small patch of dwarf hairgrass, banana lily plant (nymphoides aquatica) and two young (very young, lol!) amazon swords. I may have other plants in there, but I cant remember at the moment. Theyre all in there because I had to take down my other 5 gallon as a grow out for Water Sprite
I do not really like excel, either. I've seen and heard of it melting too many of the plants I enjoy keeping in my tanks and dont like the side-effects.
I've also wanted to boost my plants and their growth via the cO2.
My lighting is one 6500K daylight bulb for 10-12-13 (if I forget, woops!) hours in the hood, and for around 5+ hours in a day I double up the light witha second 6500K daylight bulb to simulate high noon, as was recommended, though Im uncertain if it truly helps. My plants appear to enjoy it, so Im assuming it helps! The tanks are also cycled.
I use 3 ferts, two liquid and one root tab. Im limited in what I can buy, unfortunately. Aqueon Plant food:
Soluble Potash K2O
Iron (.12% chleated)
Molybednum (Honestly, this is the only one Ive never heard of, lol!)
And apparently Kelp Extract. Hrm. I like this product, and its probably one of the better available in my teeny tiny town.
I also use Tetra Flora Pride
, at a lower dose than normal, mostly for the iron.
My plants seemed to like the addition, so Ive kept up with it.
Soluble Potash 3%
Iron water sol. .19%
And my root tabs
, API's because Flourish's are never in stock. Boo!
Nitrogen 3% (total)
Avail Phosphate 1%
Soluble potash 1%
Iron 5% (chelated )
I add new Aqueon about every week, Floura Pride usually every or every other and new tabs every month.
Would you not recommend keeping cO2 in my 5's or the 10G? If so, why not? Too dangerous and complicated?
I would also love to keep on of the 5's as a planted tank/grow out for plants to give to fellow fish lovers around my campus. I do it now with Anacharis
and Water Sprite
, but would like to boost their growth and robustness.
I hope I didnt fumble over myself with this long post, lol! Did I reply to everything? Gyugh, I hope so. :)