With trace: Manganese, Copper [low ppm], Sodium. [Should not have mixed macro and micro, read somewhere that it degrades some components]
Water change: 50% every week
Flora: Anubias Barteri, Windelov Java Fern, Limnophila Aromatica, Subwassterang, Hemianthus Micranthemoides, Jungle Vallisneria, Hydrocolyte Tripatitia, Taiwan Moss, Riccia Fluritans.
[The last 5 plants on the list are recovering from melting due low light], HM has melted away completely.
Just upped the lighting by 15W, planning on a total of 40w-50w [2x tubular cfl] in the next month [not sure, maybe overkill by wpg , not according to lux calculator, John Fisch calculator]
Fauna: 2x Red Rams Horn snails, ~10x Rainbow shrimps
Diy CO2: single 2.25L Bottle running for almost 2 weeks. Will put 1 more 2.25L as backup. Using cotton stuffed in silicon pipe as diffuser.
The nano was setup based on a couple of methods, had a single algae outbreak in the 1st week which was controled using H2O2, no problem so far except for thin film on the wall, which is removed during water change.
Its my 1st temporary planted tank and growth is top priority, so didnt give much thought about the looks. Would be real good if you guys could help me out with your pro advice and tips.
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:29 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank
Good to see that you're taking great efforts to raise plants. I also see you've invested a lot on expensive plants. Unless you got them free. You can also consider spending a bit on a good quality substrate. That'll go a long way. Some points I've noted :
I don't think Hemianthus Micranthemoides will grow too well in this light & substrate. Please do tell us your progress on this plant.
Make sure that you do not bury the rhizome of Anubias in the substrate, only roots, else it'll start rotting.
I'll leave the fertilizer dosing advice for the experts. I'm fighting on that front myself But I think EI is for high light setups. You'll face algae problems.
Finally, I personally don't recommend the use of H2O2 to eliminate algae. Instead I'd request you concentrate more on the lights, fertilizing & cleaning. Remove the dead, decaying stuff and consider introducing some algae eaters.
Just my 2 cents
Tip : A better picture will help the experts advice better.
Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:49 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank
hey guys ,
thanks a lot for the input . most of the plants melted away but now i guess, the tank is getting well established , the other plants are going crazy everywhere, except for the occasional algae problems on the anubias. here a picture of it now [sorry about the pic, i am not home, so asked my bro to take a snap and this is all i got].
I made a diy diffuser and a drop checker, but scrapped both and attached the co2 pipe to the submersible filter [was afraid there would be a negative pressure in the bottles, but it worked out great],
learning a lot from this test tank. at present ther 's no fauna in the tank due to the excess co2.
I've got a second nano planted tank [dirted, looks better and no problems as of now] in my student apartment now, will start a new topic for that, and ask for suggestions.
@ruchit: the wood is not rotting, it just looks that way , its been in my other aquarium for almost 5 years now
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