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I recently set up a 15 gallon tank with Caribsea flora max substrate and three pieces of driftwood with a Marineland Led double bright ...
I recently set up a 15 gallon tank with Caribsea flora max substrate and three pieces of driftwood with a Marineland Led double bright system. The plants I planted are dwarf sag, anubias nana,fine leaf java fern,java moss and some kind of vallisneria.
The tank is about a week old I blacked out the back and one side of the tank diddnt leach out the tannins out of the driftwood much planning to keep neon tetras I heard that neons like a shady tannin stained tank.
I was just wondering is it to early add some liquid fertilizer and root tabs and if I do fertilize do I need more light ? Plus does tannin in the water decrease the light getting to the plants? IMG_0192.jpg. Yea I only had white thread around the house this picture was taken a week ago.
Tannis shouldn't be of an issue. If you aren't seeing any tannis now, you likely won't be seeing any at all.
I recommend dosing with liquid fert and root tabs for bulb/sword plants right away. That is, if you are using inert substrate. Meaning substrate that isn't specially listed for plant growth. When adding ferts, you don't need to go with higher lighting. The ferts are just giving the plants what they need nutrient wise.