extreme aquarium makeover--new plants!
Okay, I took out my ulvacous aponogeton bulb to go dormant for a couple weeks and planted my new shipment of plants in my tank today. Lots of work, plus a good tank cleaning, and here are pictures of the new planted look (i'll do a before pic just for fun--it's the one with the long spirally leaves on the right)
Hopefully after a few weeks everything will still look healthy. The fish were LOVING the new set up. The danios were going from little nook to little nook exploring, the loaches were finding new little places to nibble, and the tetras actually seemed to be getting along okay (chasing but no nipping). My pleco took hours to come off of his hiding spot...I think too many hours of hands in the tank had him scared. Even the littlest baby shrimp were out on the new java moss. Seeing all this reaffirmed why I have a planted tank.
New plants added today:
sagittaria subulata (dwarf)
vallisneria spiralis (the one in way back)
echinodorus indian red
And I'll include this, too because if you've read this far down, you are really a plant freak:
I also got new light bulbs in the mail yesterday so here are my plant care specs:
32 watts (at 6500K) over a 29 gallon, roughly 12 hours per day with a break in the middle
Flourish Comprehensive (I had to order it online, I use 2.5 mL twice weekly)
Seachem Flourish tabs by the swords, some vallisneria, and pennywort (the last is probably unnecessary)
Flourish Excel every day, 2.5 mL
That's it, y'all.
Very nice. Is that substrate Seachem's flourite? I like the whirly pasta looking plants. Looks like pasta to me anyhow. Great job.
Seachem claims that their flourite substrate never loses the nutritional values. I have a question in to them as how that can be. I hope to hear back soon.
please post that one when they reply...I'm curious myself as to how that works (the red flag in my head is whether that means I could be OD'ing any minerals into my tanks ie. hurting my fish).
The plant ferts are harmless to fish. Of course you don't want to dump it right on top of them. However, I've read topics on this and some say their fish are right there when they fert and it doesn't harm them. I wouldn't think it's a concern for the fish.
My main concern would be if I was dosing my aquarium with ferts, which contain trace amounts of things known to be harmful in large quantities (e.g. copper), on top of an already mineral-rich substrate, and thereby exposing the fish to double the amount of, for example, copper. It's on my mind right now because I started using the root tabs on top of my liquid ferts and liquid carbon additive, and it seems that many people on the forum lately that have been having problems have been advised to lessen their doses of ferts.
All that aside, I'm still curious about the longevity of the substrate! Like, are all those minerals embedded in the rocks or something??? And are the minerals available at equal levels throughout the lifespan of the substrate? Oh man, it's late for me. I shouldn't be thinking this hard.
Yes. The substrate is a clay that contains the minerals. The clay is not chemically coated or artificially altered and is said to not alter the chemistry of the water. I want to know from Seachem how a product that contains nutrients that feed plants does not diminish over time. To me, that's like putting fuel in your car and the tank never going to empty. How can nutrients that are used be stored indefinately? They need to tell me because I'm like that. I have to know :-)
keep us posted!
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