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post #11 of 17 Old 05-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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Stunning so far. This is going to be a great tank!
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-04-2011, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
Thanks, I really can't wait for everything to start growing in and for the ecosystem to stabilize. I'm so anxious to get the other fish in the tank but I know I've got to wait!
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-10-2011, 08:26 PM
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That is going to be quite spectacular. Those swords along the back will grow to the surface in time, and not much time either. They will fan out over the wood, very nice layout.

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That is going to be quite spectacular. Those swords along the back will grow to the surface in time, and not much time either. They will fan out over the wood, very nice layout.

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Thanks Byron!

Question for you though... you say in not much time... One of my swords is growing very nicely, I can already see the difference from when I first planted it. However, it seems that none of my others seem to be doing nearly as well. I was dosing Flourish Comprehensive twice a week for the first two weeks, and I'm planning on switching to once a week now. I have a LifeGlo 20 watt bulb that is 24" over a 30" tank. All of the swords are planted in approximately 3" of substrate.

Is this something that I should be concerned about or is "not much time" not as short as I may expect?

More simply, the swords having been planted for almost three weeks, should I be worried about the others yet?

Is there anything else I can do to promote their growth further?
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-10-2011, 09:11 PM
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Very nice looking tank! I have a 56g column as well and was thinking of switching from my pirate set-up to driftwood and more plants. The set up you have with the plants looks really neat, and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress!

I also just got a canister filter. I noticed you had your heater right next to the intake. Is that typically the best position for it? Mine's right in the middle with the in/out on opposite sides of it.
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Thanks Byron!

Question for you though... you say in not much time... One of my swords is growing very nicely, I can already see the difference from when I first planted it. However, it seems that none of my others seem to be doing nearly as well. I was dosing Flourish Comprehensive twice a week for the first two weeks, and I'm planning on switching to once a week now. I have a LifeGlo 20 watt bulb that is 24" over a 30" tank. All of the swords are planted in approximately 3" of substrate.

Is this something that I should be concerned about or is "not much time" not as short as I may expect?

More simply, the swords having been planted for almost three weeks, should I be worried about the others yet?

Is there anything else I can do to promote their growth further?
It takes more than 3 weeks. To me, a few months is "not much time," so don't despair.

I would not cut back on Flourish yet; you have no fish, therefore no natural organics to break down into nutrients. The plants look fine, and no sign of algae issues, so I would maintain the Flourish twice weekly. I'm assuming that is plain gravel substrate.

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post #17 of 17 Old 05-11-2011, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Very nice looking tank! I have a 56g column as well and was thinking of switching from my pirate set-up to driftwood and more plants. The set up you have with the plants looks really neat, and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress!

I also just got a canister filter. I noticed you had your heater right next to the intake. Is that typically the best position for it? Mine's right in the middle with the in/out on opposite sides of it.
Thanks!! I've heard that having it close to the intake for the filter helps to disperse the heated water, so I've got my output on the other side of the tank. Whether that actually works or not... who knows lol

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It takes more than 3 weeks. To me, a few months is "not much time," so don't despair.

I would not cut back on Flourish yet; you have no fish, therefore no natural organics to break down into nutrients. The plants look fine, and no sign of algae issues, so I would maintain the Flourish twice weekly. I'm assuming that is plain gravel substrate.
Awesome, thanks Byron! I've actually got 9 fish in there though, just can't see them in the picture and I haven't posted any of them yet either. There are four neon tetra and five diamond tetra

And you are correct, just plain gravel substrate.
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