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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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15G - does this qualify as nano?

I just set it up a few days ago - ive been keeping discus solely without my much loved planted tank.. so i caved in and got a spare 15 going.. i've got 120 watts of PC 10k over the tank right now, an eheim aquaball and some cheapo hob filter that i had lying around. eco complete for a substrate and DIY CO2 as soon as i get around to mixing it back up. im not sure what the main plant ive got in there is, i bought it in houston and it grows like wildfire.. the stuff is amazing. sometimes itll grow like a carpet sometimes it grows all over the place. i had some microswords that had been floating in a tub outside my house for a few months, i cleaned the algae off of em and stuck them in there too.

8WPG, think itll work? or am i going waay overboard lol
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 03:48 AM
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Well with that much lighting, I think presserized CO2 and daily dosing of ferts is what you need! haha....that is alot of lights for a tank like that.....how tall is it anyways? sounds like a better reef tank then a planted tank, simply because of the lighting issue lol
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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ive got the stuff to make it reef but i told my wife that i'd let her run a planted tank this time.. so oh well haha

ive got over 120 pounds of manmade rock i bought from www.garf.org.. paid $5 a pound for the stuff and then had to pay shipping! it was killer..

if you know anyone who wants it ill part with it for $3 a pound.. obo

i just ordered some ferts from gregwatson.. and i am gonna hope that the DIY CO2 can keep up, lol
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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well ijust got off my but and setup the co2 bottle.. lets see what happens

should i post some pics here?
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You will prob have better luck turning on of those pc bulbs off if you can. I would just use the powerhead to move water and not worry about the HOB. Just my two cents.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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im running my co2 into the hob and using it for mechanical filtration.
i will probably adjust the lighting if i get a lot of algae.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 06:46 PM
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Unless you're dosing on a daily basis, you'll end up w/some sort of algae or another w/that much lighting. Also make sure that your CO2 levels are on par w/the nutrients and lighting.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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how can I check them?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 10:37 PM
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Using measured KH and pH values, you can find the CO2 concentration according to this:
http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_co2chart.htm

Read Chuck's site for more clarification. Great source of info there.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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how would i determine what is *right* for my setup?
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Same page there. Read that page and there's a way of calculating it and if you scroll down a bit, there's even a chart...

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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awesome. thanks for the info. Now I need to get some more plants... lol
I am thinking about getting some of that tahitian sand and mixing it around in the area where I want to plant some ranalisma rostrata, as per the advice given here. any other recommendations?
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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plants added today. I got all of this for 17 bucks.
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