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Old 04-27-2017, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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* Off to Google "planting medium substrate"
Sea-Chem Flourite, Eco-Complete, laterite, or just plain potting soil (without any added fertilizers). Some plants just don't grow well without something nutritious to place their roots in.
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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OK I get the idea but can I simply put the sub-straight under the plant of do I need to tear the whole thing apart and lay it under the gravel of the entire bottom?

I got the product I linked, reviewers said to start at half dose. So that means 2 caps full, and I have two bottles which appears to be a lifetime supply. I hope it works.

I am curious about the bottled CO2 at the store I saw. Do you just give the water a blast now and then? How does this not choke the fish?
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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OK I get the idea but can I simply put the sub-straight under the plant of do I need to tear the whole thing apart and lay it under the gravel of the entire bottom?
You can probably just get away with placing the substrate directly under the plants. If you ever decide to totally tear down the tank and do things over, that's the time to lay a substrate layer across the entire bottom.

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I am curious about the bottled CO2 at the store I saw. Do you just give the water a blast now and then? How does this not choke the fish?
No, you have to use a special valve system to release a steady, low dose of CO2 into the water when the lights are on. CO2 injection is a fiddly business, and really only required for certain high-light plants.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Yeah I think I'll just go with what I have ajd add the stuff I bought. My original question had to do with an LED light losing its growing power and I think I have my answer.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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You're welcome! Let us know how your plants do after you start dosing with the Flourish Excel.
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Old 05-01-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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You're welcome! Let us know how your plants do after you start dosing with the Flourish Excel.


Well if you hear from me again it was another disaster.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:54 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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I used to have a low-tech planted tank with just LED lights, gravel and no CO2 or ferts. One of the keys is to pick the right plants. Anubias, Java Ferns and Vallisneria did pretty well for me in the low-tech tank.

What are you trying to grow?
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Old 05-05-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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My advice?


The Planted Tank


It's been while since I've been over there but start there at that site. Lots of reading...


There are members over there that make their own fertilizer tabs/capsule. I used to buy my own ingredients and have done clay/soil/co2, you name it methods. I am no longer in the hobby but the site above is where you want to go. I still have a 90gal tank full of jungle vals that I have to throw out about a 5gal bucket every month.


Good luck and remember. Planted tanks is all about patience.. Don't do anything drastic.
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Old 05-05-2017, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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The Planted Tank


It's been while since I've been over there but start there at that site. Lots of reading...
That is indeed an excellent website! Like you, I am no longer in the hobby (I had to sell my tank when I moved into a condo), but I'm still a member there and learned a lot when I was actively reading the site.
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Old Today, 06:51 AM
 
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I like to grow fish in my home. After reading this article I have bought a pond and started growing fish in my home.
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