04-17-2011, 08:59 AM
| || | My lighting is around the 6500K except in the smaller tank it's higher, I can't remember what, but I think in the 8000K. I regret in the smaller tank I didn't put the plants you see in the foreground (hygrophilia angustifolia) in the background, but they are so rooted, I can't move them (I've tried). I'm going to use up the fertilzer I have and than buy the comprehensive flourish I hear so much about here. I'm using the "Plant pack" by Seachem. I also have these substrate "sticks" in the tank with the sand.
Originally Posted by sik80
Your tanks are looking nice. I'd say the reason you're nitrates are at the level they are is partly because your tanks aren't that heavily planted yet. Give the plants some time to grow. Also, do you fertilise with something like flourish comprehensive? - this allows the plants to make more use of the available ammonia reducing the amount that will become nitates. Another factor is the k rating of your bulbs - plants need something around 6500k to grow best, again taking up more of the ammonia
My heavily planted tank normally runs at around 10-20ppm nitrate but is a little over stocked
I've spent enough on plants for now, so I'm holding off on these growing (or not). I had some supposed low light plant (bushy, can't remember name, they called it a "fry saver") but it died almost immediately after I planted it)