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post #1 of 7 Old 09-13-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Help With Planted Aquarium

I Have recently purchased a 26 Gallon bow front 20'' Deep Aquarium tank about a month and a half ago. I used Medium/Large substrate pebble (About 15 lb) with Fine Substrate Gravel and Small Pebbles for Planted Areas. API Root Tabs and Seachem Flourish Tabs (1 of Each) for Fertilizer...
My Lighting I got with the Tank Hood, Its 17'' and Seems to be Flouresent Not Sure Wattage nor Kelvns.. I use a Small 3 W 50 Hz Blue LED for Decoration When the Hood is turned OFF...
As For plants.. (1) Java Fern Placed Lightly inbetween Two Rainbow Slate slabs, (1) Cryptocoryne Parva Which has recently Been planted in just Gravel/Pebble Substrate..

*Tank is fully cycled With a Few livebreeding fish, 3'' Airstone and another 1''*

-What lighting should I be using? Im thinking about a 6500 K - 10 000 K that wont alter the fish behavoir
-Is Gravel / Small Pebble substrate enough to root plants?
-I Purchased Seachem Flourish Supplement, Should i use the Weekly dose?

*Trying to get the tank all in order so I can place more live plants in the tank*

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-13-2010, 09:05 PM
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-Is Gravel / Small Pebble substrate enough to root plants?
I have gravel and my plants are doing well.
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-I Purchased Seachem Flourish Supplement, Should i use the Weekly dose?
That's what I do. If any issues arise, you can adjust it, but I'd start with the recommendation on the bottle.

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You're going to wans to get 6500k lighting.. Either "daylight" CFLs or "cool white" tubes...
The nicknames vary, so just make sure there's a 6500k somewhere on the box.

Can we see a picture of the gravel? If the individual pieces are larger than 1/4 inch, you will have trouble with the crypt...

Fine substrate gravel should be fine. The airstones might be detrimental to the plants... Airstones increase oxygen and decrease CO2, and the plants need co2.

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Hello, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Agree with what's been posted. On the light, unless you are lucky, the tube that came with it is probably inadequate. Check the kelvin as redchigh said, and if it is not full spectrum/daylight around 6500K, a new tube is in order. You can get these at hardware stores. You will need to know the tube length, measured end to end not including the prongs. GE, Sylvania, Phillips all make daylight tubes with kelvin around 6500K.

A comment on the LED light; make sure there is complete darkness for about 10 hours nightly. No tank lights or room lights. Fish and plants need the total darkness to rest. And remove the airstones as redchigh said.

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Perfect! Thanks a bunch for all the help everyone : ) !
I am very new to this whole aquarium deal, Done my research to become more knowledgable for fish.. Just gettin into the plants now, Alot to take in.. I do have a very good understanding on Indoor Lighting/ Growing...Once u add water to the equation alot changes : )
One thing tho... I have noticed Brown algea like material on the surface of my decorations?? what can this be??!!.. Airstones have been turned off
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Perfect! Thanks a bunch for all the help everyone : ) !
I am very new to this whole aquarium deal, Done my research to become more knowledgable for fish.. Just gettin into the plants now, Alot to take in.. I do have a very good understanding on Indoor Lighting/ Growing...Once u add water to the equation alot changes : )
One thing tho... I have noticed Brown algea like material on the surface of my decorations?? what can this be??!!.. Airstones have been turned off
Diatoms (brown algae) is very common in new tanks, within the first 3 months usually. It will dissipate. Easily removed from plant leaves (very important) with your fingers before the water change. Some fish will eat it, but I don't recommend fish just for this when it will be gone shortly. But if you have otos, BN pleco, Farlowella...they will eat it.

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MTS might be worth adding...

Don't they eat diatoms?

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