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Now that I have plants. What will I need now?

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Now that I have plants. What will I need now?
Old 05-08-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
 
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Now that I have plants. What will I need now?

From doing some reading, I will need CO2 for the plants. I have Amazon Swords, Wisteria, Ludwigia, Java Moss, Moss Balls, and Anubias. What will I need now to ensure productive plant growth and health?

Lighting wise, I have 3 24" T-8 fixtures, which I am hoping is enough light, for I have no money to spend right now.

I know some are going to mention the fish in my Sig, but I plant on moving the plants, once these fish begin to mature.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
 
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CO2 injection is not necessary, enough Carbon can be obtained naturally. The four part guide at the top of this forum will explain it all better than I ever could.

It only becomes necessary if you have bright light, and need extra CO2 to balance the system. You are far from high light with that setup, high light would often be using T5HO's.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
 
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CO2 injection is not necessary, enough Carbon can be obtained naturally. The four part guide at the top of this forum will explain it all better than I ever could.

It only becomes necessary if you have bright light, and need extra CO2 to balance the system. You are far from high light with that setup, high light would often be using T5HO's.
Oh ok. Yeah I read through the guide, and i was a bit confused while reading it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
 
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CO2 injection is not necessary, enough Carbon can be obtained naturally. The four part guide at the top of this forum will explain it all better than I ever could.

It only becomes necessary if you have bright light, and need extra CO2 to balance the system. You are far from high light with that setup, high light would often be using T5HO's.
What about fertilizers and such?
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
 
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That's usually needed. Most use Flourish Comprehensive here in the US, it has everything you need in the right proportions. For swords and crypts, a root tab, also by flourish, can help them out and lasts 2 months.
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That's usually needed. Most use Flourish Comprehensive here in the US, it has everything you need in the right proportions. For swords and crypts, a root tab, also by flourish, can help them out and lasts 2 months.
Ok I appreciate that. Now none of these fertilizers and tabs affect the water parameters or fish do they?
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
 
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Ok I appreciate that. Now none of these fertilizers and tabs affect the water parameters or fish do they?
First of all, phew I am gonna jump into this light hearted thread..... been getting heavy in another one, things are getting out of control! haha.

Second, pics please!! wanna see how you have the live plants in that big old tank!

Third, Flourish comprehensive when dosed correctly "apparently" is safe for the fish and no one has mentioned it affecting water parameters. In a big tank like yours, I shouldn't think you would notice even if they did slightly. besides, the plants will take up the nutrients anyway. I started using flourish comp. a few weeks ago, and am already seeing major results! its good stuff.
Pics, pics pics please!
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
 
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That's usually needed. Most use Flourish Comprehensive here in the US, it has everything you need in the right proportions. For swords and crypts, a root tab, also by flourish, can help them out and lasts 2 months.
Geomancer, hows your beauty coming along? haven't seen any new updates on the thread. bet things are coming along nicely eh?? any new pics on that?

Cheers.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:29 PM   #9
 
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First of all, phew I am gonna jump into this light hearted thread..... been getting heavy in another one, things are getting out of control! haha.

Second, pics please!! wanna see how you have the live plants in that big old tank!

Third, Flourish comprehensive when dosed correctly "apparently" is safe for the fish and no one has mentioned it affecting water parameters. In a big tank like yours, I shouldn't think you would notice even if they did slightly. besides, the plants will take up the nutrients anyway. I started using flourish comp. a few weeks ago, and am already seeing major results! its good stuff.
Pics, pics pics please!
I will post some up later in the evening for you all. I had a pic or two in another thread, asking if it was enough, and I know you mentioned add more, so I did. But I wll add some pics later this evening.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #10
 
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I will post some up later in the evening for you all. I had a pic or two in another thread, asking if it was enough, and I know you mentioned add more, so I did. But I wll add some pics later this evening.
Lol, I will always say add more........ plant junkie. look forward to seeing them.
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