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post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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A little help with WPG/CO2/ferts??

Okay so I'm not totally clear on where my set up stands, and what I may be lacking (if anything?). Could I get some feedback on my setup?

I currently have a 75g freshwater community planted tank. I have 2 hoods that each hold 2x 32 watt bulbs (although the bulbs themselves are actually 40 watt). In each hood I have a FloraGlo (2800K) and a PowerGlo (18,000K) bulb.

The lights are on for 12 hours a day, I recently stuck in some Seachem Flourish root tabs in various areas... and occasionally add a little TetraPlant FlouraPride. The substrate is 100 lbs standard gravel, medium/small size.

The plants are java fern, hornwort, cabomba, wisteria, amazon sword, crypt lucens, corkscrew val and moneywort. (wow i didn't realize I had so many.)

So the question!!!

So some of the plants are doing okay, others are growing somewhat fast. Some are have a leaf wilting here and there - what is my long term plan for the plants / lights / fertilizing / co2 (hopefully not because it's a little soon to go there for me)?

I just kind of got stuff and went for it, and I don't quite get the right combination of all the factors. Any insight is greatly appreciated!
thanks,
Eric
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2009, 10:42 PM
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how far you want to go with a planted aquarium is totally up to you. right now you have the basic "low tech" setup and things seem to be going well for you. I can slo say that it seems that you have also found the nice balance between ferts and lighting which can take some of us a good amount of time. if your platns are happy why do you want to change?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-24-2009, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips. The reason I was curious was that some of the plants are okay and some lose leaves here and there. Plants can take a really long time to let you know their not happy, so I just wanted to make sure that they're not losing leaves because of something I'm doing - maybe it's just part of the process.

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Thanks for the tips. The reason I was curious was that some of the plants are okay and some lose leaves here and there. Plants can take a really long time to let you know their not happy, so I just wanted to make sure that they're not losing leaves because of something I'm doing - maybe it's just part of the process.

Oh and by the way O-H !!!!
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Im goin to the Game next Saturday cant wait !!!

Plants will lose leaves due to all kinds of reasons, i have a sword that lost alot of leafs and is still losing them, from what everyone said on here its because they are getting used to the new water and being underwater since they most likely were raised out of the water.


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Okay so I'm not totally clear on where my set up stands, and what I may be lacking (if anything?). Could I get some feedback on my setup?

I currently have a 75g freshwater community planted tank. I have 2 hoods that each hold 2x 32 watt bulbs (although the bulbs themselves are actually 40 watt). In each hood I have a FloraGlo (2800K) and a PowerGlo (18,000K) bulb.

The lights are on for 12 hours a day, I recently stuck in some Seachem Flourish root tabs in various areas... and occasionally add a little TetraPlant FlouraPride. The substrate is 100 lbs standard gravel, medium/small size.

The plants are java fern, hornwort, cabomba, wisteria, amazon sword, crypt lucens, corkscrew val and moneywort. (wow i didn't realize I had so many.)

So the question!!!

So some of the plants are doing okay, others are growing somewhat fast. Some are have a leaf wilting here and there - what is my long term plan for the plants / lights / fertilizing / co2 (hopefully not because it's a little soon to go there for me)?

I just kind of got stuff and went for it, and I don't quite get the right combination of all the factors. Any insight is greatly appreciated!
thanks,
Eric
Nice collection of plants, some varying water needs but nothing major. I do have a suggestion or two, but first, which plants are showing the leaf problems?

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