Recently signing up for the forum I have been scrolling through for countless hours I figured you guys would be the best help in answering my questions. Currently I have two Java Fern, two "banana plants", a tall background amazon sword along with mid ground ones as well. A few questions I'm hoping to get answered:
1) Will standard aquarium gravel be good enough for my plants to thrive and do well?
2)Dwarf Sag.....will it do well with Marineland LED lights and standard aquarium gravel? I'm looking to get a nice carpet going but worried about my substrate
3) How often to do water changes for a 20g tank? (Currently doing once or twice a month)
4) Fertilizers?....Good one for my plants to get nutrients to their roots? (preferably liquid)
Thanks in advance,
This is my opinion and of course I could be wrong, if so please chime in an correct.
1- not really, this is why there is special soil for planted tanks. Some people use dirt and cap with gravel. Depends on you at the end, if you wanna do it nicely or mediocre.
2- dunno, sounds impossible.
3- depends on your livestock and technique. I had a tank where I only changed water (20%) twice a year and other where I changed 20% water once a week (52 times a year). Most people do 50% a week... Won't hurt, it helps to create a wider margin for error IMO.
4- aquatic plants mostly get their nutrients from all over the plant afaik
, in this cases the root system is more dedicated to fixing P... IIRC. some other plants like crypts and swords do need nutrients more at root level therefore the use of root tabs an osmocote capsules.... However, a rich substrate would take care of that.
Do you need ferts? Well, it depends of the tank metabolism (light/plant mass/co2), livestock and feeding habits too. Liquid ferts suck, they are extremely expensive in comparison with dry.
Seems like you need to do some basic reading about planted aquaria, use the stickies and the search engine.
I hope that helps a bit.