What you could also do is build a canopy, or have your dad build one and mount the light a bit higher. How do you know how much light you have?
So for the rescape I am thinking this driftwood ludwigia, rotala, dwarf baby tears and I can't decide what else. I am thinking having the dwarf baby tears in a valley type thing, maybe have baby tears in the back transitioning from the dwarf, driftwood coming from one side, and the stems on either side. Sending you a link for the wood.
Yeah I have, however the cheapest ferts you will ever get would be dry, and you mix the solution. You get enough ferts to last you a while and then you can dose in specific amounts. Only problem with just Flourish is it is just micros, and you need macros as well.
Not really hard, but you can make it hard. Tom Barr makes it look easy lol (He is on the forum I'm on as well as his own site. Nice guy though.
o.O I never knew plants were so complicated. Okay, what I have does qualify as medium light but it's resting just above the tank over the glass canopy. Would love to remove the canopy but the loaches jump. All right. So I'm dosing Flourish at least once a week, trying to up that to twice. Substrate is plain old sand so no nutrients there. Have you heard anything about ADA Green Brighty Special Lights? It's supposed to be a fert for stem plants.
Plants should have good nutrients at in the substrate, as well as in the column. That is why Aquasoil works so good, it lowers your pH to where plants can photosynthesize and use fertilizers easier while feeding them as well. Then add column ferts mostly for stems, and you have a decent setup (You don't need Aquasoil, Azoo, Ecocomplete) they all work but stratums work better for root growth.
CO2 is unnecessary in lowlight, but can still up, medium light it willhelp the plants, and in high light you are pretty much screwed without it, the tank will be way off balanced. Like my tank was/ semi is... You would need to measure the PAR or get someone that is familiar with the light to tell you the optimum height for the light. Reflectors play a huge role in this.
I would say get nutrient rich substrate, addition of CO2 also means that more ferts need to be in the tank. I might start dosing estimate index in the new setup for amazing growth.
What would you say is more important for good plant growth: good substrate or C02? And I have a question. If you buy dwarf hairgrass or something like that on a mat, does the hairgrass grow and spread off the mat or do I have to buy enough mats to cover the bottom of the tank?
You'e right, that doesn't make any sense about Fluval. But you know, their plant products are a little weird. Like, their planted tank kit. A lot of people have noticed that the light that is included with it is hardly bright enough for java moss let alone anything else. How is that a "complete" planted tank kit for plant enthusiasts?!?
I do want to eventually switch my 20gal to a better substrate but I'm not sure if I want to use plant substrate or just add a layer of laterite or something like that. I've been looking at Giovanni's Plant Nutrition Starter by Ocean Nutrition.
No, there is no need to remineralize if you already have the minerals in the water, from the tap. Saves me money from not being all on RO as well as not having to buy remineralzing stuff. I am just going to buy RO water, might get an RO system as I found one for $145 plus shipping if there is any.
I found it at Neptune and when I was searching the net. Fluval's substrate is good, but has no nutrients in it. Kind of dumb if you ask me. I found an awesome piece of driftwood on GLA, it will just fit my tank and should look mighty awesome. The girls, especially Tilda, will be mad, she likes that head.
Okay I'm not going with ecocomplete, it raises everything, like pH, gh, and kh. Not what I need with my water. I'm instead going with Azoos Plant Grower Bed. It buffers the PH to like 6.5-6.8, then I'm going to mix half tap and half RO water upon water changes. So all my readings get shifted down. It is fertile too.and available at Neptune.
Someone on the other forum said that the hairgrass would spread faster, so im going with dwarf hairgrass. Still a good price on the website. I still want to get iron from Seachem then I will have all the ferts I need.