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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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~My 20L Planted Tank~

So I've been reading around this great forum for a while now, and finally am starting to post a little. I'd consider myself somewhat of a beginner to the whole planted thing so I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you experts!
After some speculation, I ended up with going the Coralife 30'' T5 fixture, 6700k and colormax bulbs.
I'll be attempting DIY Co2, and that's probably where I'll be needing the most help

I'm just using PFS for substrate:

(I ended up filling it to about 3'')

This is the piece of driftwood I'm looking to buy, it's 23'' in length. Hopefully it doesn't make the tank look crowded and over-power everything


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to figure out what I want for a foreground plant, I'd like some sort of "carpet", but I'm guessing I'm not really in the high light range, so my options are limited. Any suggestions? I like Marsilea Minuta and staurogyne repens if either of those would work.
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You'll want some root tabs in there as PFS is inert.

Marsilea Minuta or Quadrifolia will both work, just remember that they'll spread slower in a lower lighting setup. Be sure to balance your lighting with CO2 and ferts as well!

S. repens requires higher lighting, ferts and CO2 to thrive and create a thick carpet
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Oh the Quadrifolia looks nice. Yea I've already got some root tabs I'll be using. In terms of liquid ferts i'll need some advice on what'll be best for my setup. Although i'm guessing it might depend on the plants i get too...
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Would it be wise to switch out the colormax bulb for a another 6700 or a 10000k bulb? How much more would the plants benefit from it?? Or should I be fine with medium light plants the way the light is now?
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I'd say you're good with a colormax and 6700k.

Personally I'd say both 6700k would be a bit too yellowish/white
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I'd say you're good with a colormax and 6700k.

Personally I'd say both 6700k would be a bit too yellowish/white
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Alright, I got a bunch of plants in the mail today. What a mess I made, theres stems floating around everywhere, leaves, debris, now my filter is super loud from sucking all this junk up. Now just got to setup up co2 and wait for my ferts to come. And get a black background.Then just wait for everything to fill in!
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can the baby tears in the front be trimmed about halfway and be be replanted?
And I could probably seperate the didplis diandra stems a little more...

edit: *Pearl grass, not baby tears..
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can the baby tears in the front be trimmed about halfway and be be replanted?
And I could probably seperate the didplis diandra stems a little more...

edit: *Pearl grass, not baby tears..
yes.
what are you trying to do with it? create a midground bush?
i would plant it like a carpet plant in the spot you want it. plant diagonally (as close to horizontal as possible), and keep it low to the substrate. i wouldnt let it have more than 2 or 3 nodes above the substrate at planting. then let it carpet while cutting any runner that go out of the area you want it to grow in. the carpet will get thick and then the plant will start growing up. this creates a very dense bush, great for midgrounds.
also, since you only have DIY CO2, you may want to get some flourish excel. its an organic carbon suppliment. h. micranthemoides/glomeratus responds very well to excel.

pearl grass and baby tears are both common names for the same plant: HM, hemianthus micranthemoides, which more recently is believed to actually be hemianthus glomeratus. any of the 4 names will let people know what you mean.
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This is a nice start
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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yes.
what are you trying to do with it? create a midground bush?
i would plant it like a carpet plant in the spot you want it. plant diagonally (as close to horizontal as possible), and keep it low to the substrate. i wouldnt let it have more than 2 or 3 nodes above the substrate at planting. then let it carpet while cutting any runner that go out of the area you want it to grow in. the carpet will get thick and then the plant will start growing up. this creates a very dense bush, great for midgrounds.
also, since you only have DIY CO2, you may want to get some flourish excel. its an organic carbon suppliment. h. micranthemoides/glomeratus responds very well to excel.

pearl grass and baby tears are both common names for the same plant: HM, hemianthus micranthemoides, which more recently is believed to actually be hemianthus glomeratus. any of the 4 names will let people know what you mean.
Oh thank you, I'll do that! By node you mean 1 stem right? Sorry, newb here
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a node is the portion of the stem from which leaves, roots, and sideshoots grow.
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