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planted my tank, any pointers or tricks to keep the plants healthy?
Old 11-16-2009, 11:35 AM   #21
 
i bought the plant fertilizer that is made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals i looked at both products and they both have the same stuff in them and it was cheaper. ill let you know how it works. also can i put some cichlids in my tank with my two silver tip sharks and my eclipse catfish and tiger barbs? also good place online to buy lights
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #22
 
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i bought the plant fertilizer that is made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals i looked at both products and they both have the same stuff in them and it was cheaper. ill let you know how it works. also can i put some cichlids in my tank with my two silver tip sharks and my eclipse catfish and tiger barbs? also good place online to buy lights
What type of cichlids exactly?

Re the lights, I will let those who have used online places comment; I usually refer to DrsFoster&Smith at Fish Supplies: Fish Tank & Fish Care | DrsFosterSmith.com only because they have several types with specs. I've no experience ordering from them. I will say that the All Glass fixtures are very good, although the tubes they come with are not, but they can be replaced. I bought two this past summer.

The API LEaf Zone (I suspect that is the liquid fert) is not the same as the two I mentioned. I hunted around API's site and it only seems to contain iron and potassium. Plants need 17 nutrients in porpotion to each other; Flourish and Kent have all but one of these and they work well. I've not used API myself, but I recall someone on here a while back who did. Maybe they will comment.

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:54 AM   #23
 
thanks for all the info you have been a great help.

i will go pickup some of that other plant fert. also have you any experience with bulbs you plant in the gravel that grow?

what other water conditioner do you use?

is drift wood ok from the ocean if it has been cleaned and boilded correctly?
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:47 PM   #24
 
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thanks for all the info you have been a great help.

i will go pickup some of that other plant fert. also have you any experience with bulbs you plant in the gravel that grow?

what other water conditioner do you use?

is drift wood ok from the ocean if it has been cleaned and boilded correctly?
Presently I'm using Kordon's NovAqua conditioner; been using it for 15 years. I don't use any other chemicals/stuff, aside from plant fertilizer.

Wood from outside is risky. Boiling it for 20+ minutes will deal with parasites, but not toxic substances that might have been absorbed. I don't know if boiling rids wood of salt. Water from freshwater streams or lakes would be preferable, but again there is always the risk of toxins.

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Old 11-16-2009, 02:27 PM   #25
 
I am confused, you only have a single bulb 30" strip light on a 55 gallon aquarium? That bulb would only be 17 watts? Doesnt seem nearly enough for a standard 55 gallon aquarium. Ive been told to go with at least a 48" aga two bulb strip light for a 55 gallon aquarium. I currently have two 24" strip lights (the Standard that come with most kits). If 17 watts for a 55 gallon is sufficient for healthy plants wouldnt my two strips at 30 watts total be fine? just doesnt seem like enough after all the information i have looked at thus far.

Please let me know how your plants do on this lighting i am curious to see.
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I am confused, you only have a single bulb 30" strip light on a 55 gallon aquarium? That bulb would only be 17 watts? Doesnt seem nearly enough for a standard 55 gallon aquarium. Ive been told to go with at least a 48" aga two bulb strip light for a 55 gallon aquarium. I currently have two 24" strip lights (the Standard that come with most kits). If 17 watts for a 55 gallon is sufficient for healthy plants wouldnt my two strips at 30 watts total be fine? just doesnt seem like enough after all the information i have looked at thus far.

Please let me know how your plants do on this lighting i am curious to see.
Thank you.
A 30-inch tube (tube, not the fixture) is 25 watts standard. His tank is 3-feet by 2-feet. I suggested a Life-Glo tube previously for its increased intensity. This is the best I can suggest working with the existing fixture. I myself would prefer two tubes, or a T5.

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Old 11-16-2009, 04:29 PM   #27
 
i am planning on getting a bigger light shortly just after everything else i spent i need to wait. i have to pay the mortgage this week haha
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:39 PM   #28
 
also my tank is made by the company Oceanic, i have a 55 gallon but it is more square that rectangular. so i have to find a light that will basically fit a 29 gallon
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:45 PM   #29
 
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As for your plants or what to buy next (or not to buy) maybe this site will help you. On the left side you can just click your way through the different categories and enlarge whichever picture you like to see and they are displayed with the common names as well as their scientific names. However most plants listed have fairly little plant info.
But I figure this may help you 'see' some true good tank plants to know what to look for int he store
Sweet Aquatics
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:46 PM   #30
 
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Here's another site that has more detailed info about each plant Aquarium Plants
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