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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 03:30 AM
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I use the whole entire line of flourish ferts 3x a week and have root tabs scattered throughout the bottom. 5ml trace, 2ml comprehensive, 2ml iron, 2.5ml phosphorus, 1.25ml nitrogen, 4ml potassium, 2ml excel (10ml excel on WC day). At start up I did this schedule once a week. As they grow you will start to notice deficiencies, that is when I would start adding more(2x a week). I think my tank is good at 3x week as of now. The plants are growing out of the tank and I have no more algae issue after adding a tad bit more phosphorus. Not to mention the colors look healthy and the tenellus is throwing out plantlets like crazy, and stems need a trim once a week. Keep in mind I do a 50-60% WC weekly. Depending on what plants you have, you will want to add more iron. However, I have my dry ferts on order(N,P,K gh booster), but I will still be using the Flourish liquids for trace and Iron. I'm starting up another 20 gallon, so it was time for the wallet friendly ferts. I also use DIY co2 on this particular setup.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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hey nismo what is the tanksize with diy co2? and how well would you say its working.

ive been dosing 3/4 cap excel every day and nitrate ,potassium , and comprehensive twice a week for 2 weeks now ,finally after 7 months things are growing like they should for the first time
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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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new pics of tank

old pic is first
dec2





dec26


sorry tanks dirty as heck but sunday is cleaning day and i wanted an some scaping ideas for then
any tips for moving stuff around now?
i need a few ideas to rescape now
the plants are
2 swords in back of driftwood and 1 in front
1baby tears
2 java ferns
pennywort in back cant see it
bunch of chain swords
3 water sprites
mycophylium of some kind
1 bunch of cabomba
3 hygros that arent doing anything cept looking bad
anacharis as wel not growing really
1 red tiger lotus
1 undulata with baby plant attached
1 dwarf hairgrass
1 tiny piece of hornwort

2 tiny unknown plants

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 04:08 AM
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If you have not yet seen this article, check it out. Its very useful.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/libra.../aa122203a.htm

Point #4 gives three basic design shapes for your tank. Right now, you don't have any of the three. Especially if you are a beginner, I recommend trying to get your plants into one of the mentioned shapes. Given the positioning of your driftwood, I'm thinking that your tank would lend itself to the concave layout - but, you need to pick what you think will work best.

Hope this helps.

By the way, congrats on the progress. Your tank is filling out nicely. Just need patience.
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If you have not yet seen this article, check it out. Its very useful.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/libra.../aa122203a.htm

Point #4 gives three basic design shapes for your tank. Right now, you don't have any of the three. Especially if you are a beginner, I recommend trying to get your plants into one of the mentioned shapes. Given the positioning of your driftwood, I'm thinking that your tank would lend itself to the concave layout - but, you need to pick what you think will work best.

Hope this helps.

By the way, congrats on the progress. Your tank is filling out nicely. Just need patience.
thanks for the link

honestly i just kinda stuck the stuff in there and hoped itd look good.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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new look again

im kinda likin' it this time now to let it grow perhaps?after spreading out chain sword of course


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