08-31-2013, 11:35 AM
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My grandfather always had the best looking plants in his tanks. I never had any luck with them, but, until now, I never had the patience to cycle my tanks the way he did. He only used regular aquarium gravel, because in the 50s to late 60s when he died, that's all there was available where he was at. He kept the tank lights on for 10 hours, then turned them all off for 2 hours, where they only got room light. Then he covered them all with towels or sheets for 10 hours to make sure they got total darkness for that time. Then he removed the covers using room light only for 2 hours before turning the tank lights on for the day. He constantly had beautiful, healthy plants to give away & sell back to the fish store. His only filtration was homemade hang-on-the-back filters, so he strictly followed the 1" of fish per gallon rule. I've seen equally healthy fish & plants, but none any better. (I hate to tell how many plants he gave me that I killed, too young & impatient, but I'm glad to be able to remember the way he did things now!) After you've added your fluorite, and the tank has cycled a couple weeks, you might want to try his lighting cycle which mimics the natural outdoor lighting. Good luck with your plants! I'm PATIENTLY cycling my tank in preparation for planting. Only 3 days into it, so a long way to go.