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Flourish needed for Low light plants?
Old 05-15-2011, 04:32 PM   #11
 
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Yes, to both questions. A Life-Glo tube over your 10g will be sufficient for most plants.
Thanks bro..

Online they seem to have Flourish cheap but you have to pay 9-10 bucks for shipping... Then if you find it at the store they charge double... The only LFS that have it around here only carry the 16 oz bottle for 17.99 but I talked her down to 15.00 out the door. So I might just go with that, my plants are dying here lol

Also hoping they carry the Life-glo bulb so I can just knock two birds out with one stone. Hopefully these plants we'll start to take off after your advice.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:36 PM   #12
 
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Thanks bro..

Online they seem to have Flourish cheap but you have to pay 9-10 bucks for shipping... Then if you find it at the store they charge double... The only LFS that have it around here only carry the 16 oz bottle for 17.99 but I talked her down to 15.00 out the door. So I might just go with that, my plants are dying here lol

Also hoping they carry the Life-glo bulb so I can just knock two birds out with one stone. Hopefully these plants we'll start to take off after your advice.
The initial cost of Flourish Comp is high but when you compare it to how little you use, long-term it is very much cheaper than any other similar products. In a 10g, a 1/4 teaspoon once a week will probably do it. You have to find the balance with light, and sometimes that takes a bit of experimenting.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:48 PM   #13
 
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The initial cost of Flourish Comp is high but when you compare it to how little you use, long-term it is very much cheaper than any other similar products. In a 10g, a 1/4 teaspoon once a week will probably do it. You have to find the balance with light, and sometimes that takes a bit of experimenting.
1/4 a teaspoon a week thats it? Hopefully that Flourish dont expire quick, that 16 oz gonna last me like a year if not more lol

Yea, thats what I noticed with plants. Its all about balance. If lights go on at 9 am and off at 6pm... then everyday do the same time just like if it were an actual sun. I hear its good to invest into a timer when growing plants, helps keep the balance.

So how long would you recommend I keep lights on? 9-10 hours? Dont wanna get an algae breakout.

I wanna get my plants bright green like you got in your Amazon 90 gallon tank, thats some great work you got there. Can tell you been doing this for a while.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:20 PM   #14
 
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1/4 a teaspoon a week thats it? Hopefully that Flourish dont expire quick, that 16 oz gonna last me like a year if not more lol

Yea, thats what I noticed with plants. Its all about balance. If lights go on at 9 am and off at 6pm... then everyday do the same time just like if it were an actual sun. I hear its good to invest into a timer when growing plants, helps keep the balance.

So how long would you recommend I keep lights on? 9-10 hours? Dont wanna get an algae breakout.

I wanna get my plants bright green like you got in your Amazon 90 gallon tank, thats some great work you got there. Can tell you been doing this for a while.
Flourish Comp is recommended to be dosed at 2.5 ml (which is 1/2 teaspoon) for each 30 gallons of tank water, and once or twice weekly. In my 115g I add 2 teaspoons the day following the water change, then 1.5 teaspoon 3 days later. I have very large swords which take a lot of nutrients, and very soft (no mineral) tap water. But with harder tap water you can often get by with once weekly. My 70g which has Flourite substrate is only dosed once, primarily for the floating plants.

It will not go bad, keep it refrigerated (they recommend this, so I do). I buy the 2 litre jug, and it tends to last me about a year with my 7 tanks. The larger the container, the less expensive of course, but given how long it will last you don't need 10 years supply.

I have had tank lights on 17 hours a day, down to my current 9 hours. It all depends upon the biological makeup of the individual aquarium. But light should be the limiting factor to plant growth, otherwise algae will take advantage of more light than the plants can use due to some nutrient deficiency. And on timers, that is good for the fish as well as the plants. Plants can manage with 6 hours minimum. If you have lights on for 9 hours and algae is not increasing [don't expect there to be none, that is not practical] things would likely be balanced; if algae increases, reduce the light down to 8 hours. And so on. And be careful in the summer when daylight is longer and brighter, this does have an impact.

Thanks for the compliment.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:40 PM   #15
 
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Flourish Comp is recommended to be dosed at 2.5 ml (which is 1/2 teaspoon) for each 30 gallons of tank water, and once or twice weekly. In my 115g I add 2 teaspoons the day following the water change, then 1.5 teaspoon 3 days later. I have very large swords which take a lot of nutrients, and very soft (no mineral) tap water. But with harder tap water you can often get by with once weekly. My 70g which has Flourite substrate is only dosed once, primarily for the floating plants.

It will not go bad, keep it refrigerated (they recommend this, so I do). I buy the 2 litre jug, and it tends to last me about a year with my 7 tanks. The larger the container, the less expensive of course, but given how long it will last you don't need 10 years supply.

I have had tank lights on 17 hours a day, down to my current 9 hours. It all depends upon the biological makeup of the individual aquarium. But light should be the limiting factor to plant growth, otherwise algae will take advantage of more light than the plants can use due to some nutrient deficiency. And on timers, that is good for the fish as well as the plants. Plants can manage with 6 hours minimum. If you have lights on for 9 hours and algae is not increasing [don't expect there to be none, that is not practical] things would likely be balanced; if algae increases, reduce the light down to 8 hours. And so on. And be careful in the summer when daylight is longer and brighter, this does have an impact.

Thanks for the compliment.
No problem.

What do you do during summer time?
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:52 PM   #16
 
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No problem.

What do you do during summer time?
Keep as much daylight out of the fishroom as possible. I have heavy drapes on the windows, which is also practical for heat from the direct sun (windows face south) and they do keep it out a bit.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #17
 
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Do you think the Iron in the Flourish will kill my african dwarf frogs?
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Do you think the Iron in the Flourish will kill my african dwarf frogs?
No. None of the trace minerals (iron, copper, zinc, etc) in Flourish is sufficient to harm anything unless overdosed.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:07 PM   #19
 
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No. None of the trace minerals (iron, copper, zinc, etc) in Flourish is sufficient to harm anything unless overdosed.
Thats what I thought, but, you could never be too sure...

Just ordered the Life-glo on Ebay... should be getting it in a few days. I'm just gonna tear out the old plants and replant new ones. And i'll start dosing 1/4 tsp weekly to see if I see improvement.

Any other tips or tricks you can let me in on to get my plants thriving?
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #20
 
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Also The Flourish liquid is a dark brown color right? For some reason mine was already opened.
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