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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
On a side note, I was vaccuuming my gravel VERY thoroughly until I read a post that leaving some junk under the gravel's surface acts like compost is to a garden. ie. beneficial to plants. So I stopped doing such thorough vaccuuming during my water changes and just vaccuum the surface now. Do you agree with this logic?
Originally Posted by stephanieleah View Post
I always start a new tank by using liquid fertilizer once a week and observing the plants. If after a couple weeks I note yellowing leaves, I do a second weekly dose and observe for a couple more weeks. All this assumes the light is OK from the start, one watt of full spectrum per gallon, and of course some fish to provide CO2. In a new tank there can be algae issues too, due to the unstable biology. After 3 months or so, things should have settled down and it is then easier to play around a bit with ferts; I try to use as little as necessary, but sufficient to provide good plant health.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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