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12-11-2004 03:43 PM
pufferfreak i'm growing dwarf hairgrass very slowly in my 12. I need to get some algae eaters and florish excel and stuff....maybe then it will grow a little faster
12-11-2004 06:23 AM
Originally Posted by janlo
can we grow glosso with 24w on a 12 g??
I wouldn't bother trying
12-11-2004 06:12 AM
janlo can we grow glosso with 24w on a 12 g??
12-11-2004 12:23 AM
Aphyosemion I just wanted to comment on the RO/DI water that was mentioned. I use 100% RO water in all my tanks but my cichlid tank because it allows me to set the general hardness to whatever I prefer (medum soft). Just buy some RO Right from and you will have more control over your water parameters. The big benefit is there is no phosphate or heavy metals in RO water. Mixing it with tap water is another solution, especially if your tapwater is relatively hard. My local tap water is like liquid rock with high phosphate levels, so RO is the perfect solution. It is definately not a requirement though.
12-11-2004 12:07 AM
Tank came... cracked

Update.. this was supposed to be a christmass gift from my wife
but I could not resist taking a look... the tank is cracked badly!

I e-mailed the vendor (AquaBotanic) I hope they can replace it.
I am seriously bummed.
12-06-2004 10:50 PM
bploeg Thanks for all the advice. As far is the 120G is about adding a 180G

I am not really sure what my tapwater quality is
I'll have to get a test kit.

Thanks for the advice on the SAE.. I'll start thinking
about alternatives..
12-06-2004 09:34 PM
Momotaro Welcome bploeg! Another reefer attempting planted! You'll be converting that 120G soon!

Your plans sound good. The RO would work, but mixing it with tap may be a bit more beneficial. What are your tap water parameters? Your tap water may be ideal for a planted aquarium! Those minerals in your tap can be quite useful.

In an aquarium that small you can skip the CO2 injection, and go with a CO2 supplement, like Seachem's Flourish Excel. That should be a suitable carbon source for you.

The only flaw I see in your plan is the SAE. SAEs get big. 5-6" big in fact. The 12 nano cube is too small for an SAE. Keeping an SAE in a nano cube is like keeping an Oscar in a 10G!

Hope I was able to help, and we hope to see a lot of you out on the forum!

12-06-2004 09:26 PM
pufferfreak I have this tank, so far doing ok!
12-06-2004 03:41 AM
Urkevitz Sorry about the double post I messed up.
12-06-2004 03:39 AM
Urkevitz In that nano cube you will be able to grow high-light species as well as low light. The nano cube is a great tank for plants.
12-06-2004 02:16 AM
bploeg It is a 12Gallon tank with a 24w 6500k I got it from this place

It is a glass tank which is very important to me; I find that the small
acrylic tanks are too weak and scatch too easy.

I certainly can mix the RO water if that is better. I was not planning
on running CO2; again want to keep it as simple as possible..
12-06-2004 01:53 AM
ninoboy Welcome to planted tank

How big is a single bulb nano cube? How many watts is the bulb?

Why do you want to have exact pH of 6.5? Using 100% RO/DI water is not a good idea since it's lack of mineral content. Also it has no buffering capacity. If you have really hard water in your area, you can always mix it 50/50 with tap to replenish the minerals and buffering cap. If you inject CO2, pH will be lowered anyway.
12-06-2004 01:47 AM
My first freshwater tank... comments please

Plant people,

I have a high-tech 120G reef and have been planning a small planted tank for a while for my office; this will be my first fresh water tank so I think I might need some help;
I am looking for comments on my set-up.

I think I am going to go for a low light set-up; Iíve ordered a single bulb nano-cube. For substrate I like the look of black substrate; so I am thinking EcoComplete. I am planning on running at a pH of 6.5 or so.. I can use the RO/DI unit I use for my reef.

As far as plants go I like the idea of ordering a package maybe the or maybe

I am thinking of getting an SAE some Cherry Shrimp and 8-10 neon tetraís

Comments are welcome

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