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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 10:52 am Post subject: Light / Co2 / Ferts Reply with quote

 Okay  ,  planted  tank  gurus  need  some  sense  shoved  in  my  brain  so  i  can  sleep  better....
 
 I  met  few  hobbyists  here  and  we  were  talking  and  the  discussion  got  into  planted  tanks,  me  being  a  total  failure  in  this  area  could  not  debate  much  so  i  was  more  of  a  listener  with  embarassing  head  nods  every  now  and  then  like  i  knew  everthing...
 
 My  question  is  how  do  i  connect  all  the  below  to  make  more  sense  to  me.....or  how  do  i  determine  how  much  of  "each  question"  below  do  i  need  to  have  a  good  planted  tank....
 
 1  =  they  say  if  you  have  2-3  times  WPG  lighting  then  there  is  no  need  for  Co2  ????
 2  =  BUT  Co2  makes  plants  grow  faster  
 3  =  BUT  plant  growth  is  based  on  substrate  also
 4  =  substrate  is  fine  BUT  you  need  ferts  dosing...
 5  =  What  on  earth  is  micro  and  macro  nutrients  (  i  hated  going  to  chemistry  classes  by  the  way  )
 6  =  BUT  there  is  low  tech  and  high  tech  planted  tanks  
 
 How  do  i  find  the  perfect  balance.....
 
 I  did  not  want  to  post  back  in  the  fish  forum  here  fearing  the  embarassment  of  asking  such  silly  questions  but  being  on  IAH  for  over  5  years  would  give  me  some  credit  i  guess   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 11:55 am Post subject: Re: Light / Co2 / Ferts Reply with quote

 1)     CO2  for  plants,  is  like  oxygen  for  us  guys.....without  which  plants  will  die.  Its  is  necessary.
 WPG  -  watt  per  gallon  is  the  amount  of  light  needed  to  grow  plants.  its  an  APPROXIMATE  ratio,  of  the  volume  of  your  tank  and  how  much  watts  of  light  you  would  need.  WPG  works  most  of  the  time.
 2)     More  CO2  will  increase  plant  growth.  -  true
 3)Plants  need  nutrients,  CO@  and  light  to  grow.  All  in  balance  =  Planted  tank,  not  in  balance  =  algae  tank.
 4)Ferts  =  source  of  Potassium,  Nitrogen  and  Phosphorus.  Carbon  is  got  from  CO2.  These  are  required  in  large  quantities,  hence  they  are  called  macro  ferts  
 5)Micro  nutrients  are  required  in  small  quantities  eg:  iron,  copper,  boron,  etc  (this  is  not  a  complete  list,  just  what  i  remember  at  the  moment)
 6)High  tech  and  Low  tech  planted  tanks  are  a  misleading  title.  Guys  who  go  for  expensive  substrate,  high  wattage  lighting  ,  branded  ferts,  with  pressurised  CO2  call  their  tanks  High  tech.  Guys  who  use  mud,  DIY  CO2  and  less  light  in  their  tanks  term  them  as  low  tech.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:51 pm Post subject: Re: Light / Co2 / Ferts Reply with quote

 Agree  to  Preeths.
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:51 am Post subject: Re: Light / Co2 / Ferts Reply with quote

 yup  that's  sum  it  up...  Smile
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