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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by m.lemay View Post
Copied from the article section of our main web page and very well written by Buck:

love this! Thank you so much for posting this link!..I have a question though. As im sure a lot of new Planted Tank(ers) do, I used an inert substrate through inexperience, and I turned a non planted tank into one. So I started with way too little hot pink aquarium gravel, then I added a bit more aquarium sand (20lbs) so I have 10lbs of gravel mixed in with 20lbs of black sand, I would like to beef up my substrate with something with a little better CEC and some more nutrients, but I already have my tank fully up and running with plants now. I am thinking ADA Aqua Soil, Amazonia, what and how much, and what methods would anyone with more experience recomend for adding this to a 65/35 sand/gravel mix that is already established, moderately planted and livestocked??
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This was very helpful. However, as a beginner to this hobby, it left me with questions on order of doing things. Should I fill the tank before adding plants? Is it okay to add plants right after filling / tie the plants to driftwood, put in place, and then fill the tank? I'm not asking for answers here, merely adding my input to the article. Luckily, it looks like I got the right lighting and nutrients for my tank!
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I've been browsing this forum, as I've been getting ready to re-plant my rather dull looking 10 gallon tank.

One question I have is how folks generally cover their tanks. I see lots of pictures with what looks like uncovered aquariums, with high powered lamps hanging over them.

Is this better than putting a glass cover on the tank, and shining the light through the glass?

(My tank has had a Marineland system cover, with built in filter and flourescent light, for years. It is now failing, which has prompted me to look into a different system, that will hopefully give me more vigorous plant growth.)
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Around two weeks ago I bought a cluster of ammania gracilis and have been dosing 2 ml of iron everyday. However the plants have turned a greenish color with a little bit of red. I have gotten new growth that seems to be a bit more red but nonetheless still has some green. Also the older leaves are turning a brownish black, I know it's not ammonia burn because all of my other plants are fine. My tank is heavily planted it could be the iron is getting consumed fast and I'm not maintaining 10 ml of iron in my 20 gallon tank. is offline  

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