Merry Christmas and Happy Hollidays,
Several weeks ago I started three plastic, 20 gal size tubs with plants. I'm hoping to grow them so that later i can place into a much larger aquarium. All of the plants are moderately high to high light requiring plants. Here's what I did.
Put down a 1.5 inch layer of Eco complete. Added Osmocote outdoor indoor as per directions and covered this with another 1.5" eco-complete. Then I carefully added my plants that included:
microswords, sagittaria, swords, elodia and lobelia cardinelis (sp).
I added water to more or less fill the tubs and covered all with plexiglas.
Over that I put six, 48" T5HO bulbs at 6500K. About eight inches over the plexiglas.
I had algae in two days and within a week many of my swords have large brown areas in their leaves, etc.
I started feeding the water column with Flourish according to directions. then came the ugly green!!
What I've done: I removed two bulbs leaving 216 wpg (over the three tubs)
I stopped the Flourish at the end of the first week due to the algae.
I've started 10 ml of flourish excel for each tub daily.