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Should I fertilize and get a better light?

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Should I fertilize and get a better light?
Old 03-04-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
 
Should I fertilize and get a better light?

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.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:51 PM   #2
 
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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.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:21 PM   #3
 
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I have that same type of a light on a 35 gallon and it does great with ferts.

The best fert imo is Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement. It lasts ages and is easy to dose.

The tank looks absolutely GORGEOUS btw! Very lovely and natural looking :)
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:24 PM   #4
 
Thanks Fishyfishy yea I added some aqueon liquid fertilizer and the substrate is for planted tanks probably going to add some root tabs later on.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:25 PM   #5
 
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I have that same type of a light on a 35 gallon and it does great with ferts.

The best fert imo is Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Plant Supplement. It lasts ages and is easy to dose.

The tank looks absolutely GORGEOUS btw! Very lovely and natural looking :)
Hey Jentrala thanks for the compliment
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
 
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Thanks Fishyfishy yea I added some aqueon liquid fertilizer and the substrate is for planted tanks probably going to add some root tabs later on.
If the substrate specifically states that it is for plants, I wouldn't add ferts. You won't need to with your substrate providing the nutrients for the plants.

What substrate did you get?
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:34 AM   #7
 
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If the substrate specifically states that it is for plants, I wouldn't add ferts. You won't need to with your substrate providing the nutrients for the plants.

What substrate did you get?
Im using Caribsea Floramax
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:37 AM   #8
 
With that substrate I would skip the root tabs and just dose flourish comprehensive.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:20 PM   #9
 
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Same here. The substrate you choose favors bulbs and sword plants.

I would use some SeaChem Flourish to be sure your stems, floaters and non-substrate plants aren't lacking nutrients.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:48 PM   #10
 
Ok thanks guys for the tips.
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