Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
co2 is not absolutely necessary for a low tech tank. I just recommend it because it can help your plants grow. the lights that you have typically last for 6 months or so. I have a standard T8 fixture and bulb that came with the hood for my 75g. I set it up in September and by January or February I noticed a general decrease in overall brightness. It got really dim.
you can actually buy them as one fertilizer. its called mono potassium phosphate (KH2PO4) I bought this from nilocg (he's a member here) I think it was $5 a pound and add shipping it should be about $11-12 (i'm not sure) just search for nilocg using the members list and send him a pm (private message) he will help you out.
as for the anubias, I never cut off all of its leaves just a few. Therefore, just cut off the really bad ones. now that I take a closer look at your pic. it looks like you buried your anubias in the substrate, correct? you're not suppose to do that. the anubias like some other plants (java fern) have a rhizome and it should be out in the open. you can tie your anubias to driftwood or rock. or leave it in the substrate as long as the rhizome is not buried.
Last edited by Mizuhuman; 06-21-2013 at 01:22 AM.
Reason: changed "it should out" to "it should be out"