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Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
 
I -really- like the look of the Star Grass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) in particular, and was hoping to fill my tanks background out with it quite abit if it grew well enough. I also quite like the Marsilea hirsuta as a carpet plant, I wasnt exactly sure on the other two, as I'm really not entirely sure how tall they grow in comparison to the Stargrass (Since I wanted some definition between the lengths of plants, some tall ones towards the back, and perhaps the Stargrass infront of them to cover up the stems).
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:46 PM   #12
 
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Suggestions for best lighting

Thought I was starting a new thread. I am too stupid to use this site.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:00 PM   #13
 
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Thought I was starting a new thread. I am too stupid to use this site.

You are not stupid. Just go to the top and click Tropical Fish Keeping. then you will be able to chose the forum you wish to start a new thread in. Ex. Plant question in the Fresh Water Plant section. Etc...

Oh, and I just accidentally tried to edit your post vs. Quote and answer so... Who is stupid now? Ha ha
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:26 PM   #14
 
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Now that I have the tank dimensions, I can say that two tubes is moderate/high light. I only have one T8 [a Life-Glo] over my same-sized tank.

So that opens up the plant possibilities, but now we come to the fertilizers (nutrients). I've no experience with the named brand, and I tried to find out what is in the carbon supplement and can't. The reason some of us do not recommend liquid carbon supplements is because of the chemical they contain. Seachem's Excel and API's CO2 Booster, the two most widely available here in NA, both consist of Glutaraldehyde and water. Glutaraldehyde is a toxic disinfectant used in hospitals; it will kill some plants outright, and if overdosed will kill bacteria and fish. I don't know if this is in the EasyLife EasyCarbon, but I caution it might be.

Carbon occurs naturally in all fish tanks as CO2 from the respiration of fish, plants and bacteria, and (mainly) from the breakdown of organics in the substrate by bacteria. In low-tech setups this is sufficient, and we then aim to balance this with light and other nutrients via liquid comprehensive fertilizers. The info on the EL ProFito seems to fill this, so that product should be fine. There is no calcium, but this normally occurs in the tap water and is replenished via weekly partial water changes, assuming you have medium hard or harder tap water (which I believe is usual in the UK).

So where does all this lead us? You might manage to maintain the plants mentioned as redchigh and others suggested. Sometimes one just has to try a plant and see. Stay with what works. The light is fine, the nutrients aside from CO2 are fine. Limiting the light duration to balance the CO2 will keep algae at bay.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:08 PM   #15
 
Thanks for the help everyone!

Really appreciate it.

However, I have one more question:
Can Stargrass have the potential to be a background plant in an Aquarium like mine? Along with the lights and Fertilisers I intend to use?

I think I've decided on which plants I will be getting too!
Pogostemon erectus - For the background.
Heteranthera zosterifolia - For slightly infront of the Pogostemon erectus
Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' - for the carpet.

I've also found I have a few more Seachem Flourish Tabs spare than I thought I had, So I'll most likely place those under the roots of the Pogostemon erectus and the Heteranthera zosterifolia in the substrate, and maybe a tab under the Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' too just to get their growth started.

(I changed my mind on the Nymphoides sp. ''Taiwan'' - As they appear to grow too 'Stemmy').
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #16
 
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I tried the pogo erectus and it went all gooey in my tank in less the a week. Not really sure why..maybe it needed more light then I have?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:15 PM   #17
 
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HC is also very hard to grow, atleast for me. I have high lighting and hard water, goodluck. I say put some Crypts in there.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:35 AM   #18
 
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I tried the pogo erectus and it went all gooey in my tank in less the a week. Not really sure why..maybe it needed more light then I have?
Did you use Liquid Carbon? - A friend recently told me not to use that stuff as it can cause some plants to literally 'melt'.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #19
 
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Did you use Liquid Carbon? - A friend recently told me not to use that stuff as it can cause some plants to literally 'melt'.
Correct. Seachem 's Excel and API's CO2 Booster both contain glutaraldehyde plus water. Glutaraldehyde is a toxic disinfectant that hospitals use to kill bacteria. Obviously the amount in these aquarium products is minimal, but it will kill some plants (Vallisneria is one that seems almost always affected). And if it should be overdosed, it can kill bacteria and fish. I consider any such chemical too risky.

Natural CO2 from the breakdown of organics by bacteria will provide sufficient CO2 in a low-tech or natural method planted tank. You can read m ore how this operates here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/

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