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Conversation Between kfryman and Oldfishlady
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  1. kfryman
    07-20-2012 02:14 PM - permalink
    If you could, would you be able to go to my thread entitled algae outbreak?
  2. kfryman
    06-21-2012 03:01 PM - permalink
    Alright, thanks OFL!
  3. Oldfishlady
    06-21-2012 08:54 AM - permalink
    All the plants you listed should all work well.....only other one I would add is wisteria....
  4. kfryman
    06-20-2012 07:58 PM - permalink
    Alright thanks OFL, I will have to keep records of when I set it up and all that.

    For stem plants I have rotala, lots and lots, hygro corymbosa, ludwigia, guppy grass, and wisteria. I have access to all those. I know I am gonna use the rotala as it roots very fast, but what other plant would go well? I plan on having Crypts in front and all the stems in a massive area in the back.
  5. Oldfishlady
    06-20-2012 02:40 PM - permalink
    Water changes can vary-you want to maintain clear water for best light penetration to the plants and keep the nutrient level low in the water column to start to help prevent too much algae-Once the plants start actively growing and you have made a couple of trims and re-plants with the trimmings-This is usually a sign that all is going well and can back off on some of the water changes.
    Usually when I first set one up-I generally will use some type of filter for at least the first month and make water changes...50-75% more or less a couple of times a week-Then I remove the filter (if 10gal and smaller) and reduce water changes to weekly for another month-Then to 2-3 a month-Then once a month on 10gal and smaller-Once its about 3 months old and doing well-I may back off on water changes to every 2-3..even 6 months...This varies a lot based on my goal-stocking...etc....
  6. kfryman
    06-20-2012 01:43 PM - permalink
    Alright thanks OFL, my dad was saying that it is high in iron so I knew that it should be good. Now I just need to find a good pitting soil with no manure and not so much wood.

    For a newly set up tank without fish, maybe just some snails, how often should I be changing the water? I know to do lots of water changes at first because of the nutrients, I am just not sure on the frequentcy
  7. Oldfishlady
    06-20-2012 01:28 PM - permalink
    Its hard to say what the nutrient load will be on the soil without testing it....

    Only way to tell without to try it with the organic potting soil would be fine too-Sift them together if you can and if she also has some clay soil...mix a little of that in it too....most of the clays are high in Iron and plants love that especially swords....
  8. kfryman
    06-20-2012 01:21 PM - permalink
    When setting up a NPT, how do you know if the dirt is really good or not? My Aunt has lots of dirt at her house, but I m not sure if it has lots of nutrients, also should I mix it with organic soil?
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