How to help awuarium plants grow faster?
Hey guys. I want some advice on growing aquarium plants.
Yesterday I pruned my Wisteria plants and replanted the clippings. I want to know how to help it grow healthy and strong. It's growing fairly well in my 20 gallon tank. I'm growing it in cold water and full light to have the leaves grow in lobes.
I am not using any fertilizer (with the exception of 2 balloon mollies) and the substrate is fine white ocean sand. I was reading about CO2 being added to the water to help them grow.
I was wondering if I could use activated carbon to help them grow.
Also, does anyone know if adding carbonated or mineral water would work?
new 40 gallon aquarium no fish yet water is cloudy
I am setting up a new aquarium and have used larger gravel, an underwater gravel filter, plants etc. I used api root tabs and my water is still cloudy after two weeks. I changed ten gallons today with distilled water as the strips say my water has to much carbonate hardness. I was wondering if the problem is the water or the root tabs. the ph and all the other tests are fine but i don't like the cloudiness. We also have a api filter that only has two charcoal packs in it and was wondering if i needed a better filter or finer gravel or whatever. I will not add fish until the aquarium is correct. any suggestions will be be greatly appreciated.
Activate Carbon pads will not help the plants grow. I don't use it as it can pull out the nutrients the plants need from the water (I have heard different from other places but still believe it will).
Also when you say larger gravel what size do you mean. Pea gravel is the biggest I would go with. Even then those can sometimes be to big to successfully grow plants. The best to get is the smallest gravel you can.
I concur with Boredomb in both posts.
Carbon does remove several substances from the water, including some beneficial to plants.
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