ApriL!? Are you givin me new names
I like Amano style for a "show tank", but as you have seen from pictures, nothing I'm going for in my FISH tanks, cause IMO fish and their needs (or shrimp for that matter) should come first.
You know like large DW, leaf's that kinda set up is what I like for my fish.
Reason I asked about the Nutrafin is mainly because I had seen it in the store here before, while I hadn't seen Seachem's what you recommended...You know I have a lil hard time getting my hands on some prodcts here, so I'm trying to find alternatives that are good too. Hadn't seen plant sticks, but I wasn't really looking hard enough I guess, so I will keep my eyes open for those (I want some for the swords).
Well for the most part all new plants are thriving well, thou some are 'slower' then others and may possibly do better with a little addition of fert's.
The only reason I asked about tests: Judging from the plants in the tanks after few weeks now, obviously between water & fish I already have a certain level of nutrition for them in the tanks, if I was to give them full dose liquid fert's now I'd be worried to overdose.
I think I'll get sticks for the Swords and some liquid and dose a little and see how they react (start slow and work my way to 'ideal' know what I mean).
So how much sticks do you use? One per plant, or just push them down the substrate in-between plants? And then add new one's, once per year if I understand you correctly?
Well I donno about plants living in 'any' light, I'd not back that up, but I think I know what post you're referring to. I do believe however (just like about anything else in the tank world) there's more then one options that's properly
working for plants. I know the new set up I chosen with the new bulbs for ALL tanks and ditching the old 'standard' one's works great for me.
Its like the old myth about the 2w/g matter - Thinking back I wanna say NON of any & all of my tanks EVER had that and surprisingly they had a excellent plant growth, why is that with the lower wattage...because I had the proper spectrum plants needed!
Absolutely Byron! And its not only the light that makes a difference in certain fish's behavior, but also the substrate that's why you see most my tanks set up with dark substrates (fine gravel or sand).
Yea that's the combo I have over the big tanks. Now on the 10g due tot he way the hood is built with these screw in's all I found that was better then these darn yellow lights that were in there at first are "Daylights" from Bright effects. Judging by eye sight looks a gazillion times better in there now and when I had to get in and cut the stem plants yesterday - The plants are liking it a lot more too (The Java Moss
has TAKEN OFF since I exchanged the lights). And on top they're the energy bulbs so while giving off 40W they only use 7watts to do it, so that's a win win on all sides so far.
So far, I will leave the current set up with the add of fert's soon. If over time I notice the Red Tiger Lotus
isn't doing as well as it should I'll exchange bulbs, but I think (from the past tanks) this will work just fine.
I have been making a list actually over several items that I want/ need from the store incl new plants for nano set up, I was planning on a cross-state LFS hunt this weekend, but being hammered with snow now, maybe I'll wait till next week. I just HOPE I'll be able to find fet's we've discussed here, I'd rather not get something unknown.
I meant to ask you...I don't recall the name/ brand but I often noticed people discuss usage of a product called "Excel" what are its pro's / con's? Should I consider getting this too or just start with the sticks & liquid and see where this takes me first?