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11-15-2012 05:38 AM
CoffeeLove I see a problem right off the bat.

No pics yet

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11-05-2012 05:10 AM
shrimpzoo Tank now consists of:

- bacopa australis
- hygrophila difformis wisteria
- rotala rotundifolia
- hygrophila polysperma
- marimo ball
- amazon frogbit

I am now done with this tank and shall let it grow (: if anyone sees a foreseeable problem let me know lol
11-04-2012 04:01 AM
shrimpzoo I shall look for those then (: ! ty for the suggestion
11-04-2012 03:45 AM
Originally Posted by shrimpzoo View Post
I decided I want something green and lively in my room and have the plants mass produce + glow a healthy green.
You could grow quite a batch of green wendtii's with what you've put together.
11-04-2012 02:52 AM
shrimpzoo Alright, finished creating the tank.

So far the only 2 plants in there are:

- Rotala rotundifollia
- Hygrophila polysperma

I got a Zoo Med Coral Flora Sun Plant Growth Bulb T8 15 Watts, 18-Inch for lighting (5,000K).

Sadly, when I bought it home it started emitting a high pitch noise so I'll prob have to exchange it when I go back to the store tomorrow.

And I have to remove more of the sponge at the bottom of the plant which the roots grasped onto pretty tightly lol.

Hopefully this lighting is good for my low tech dirt tank? Let me know if I should get something different lol.
11-03-2012 05:24 PM
caoder i have roughly an inch of substrates in my tanks which has about 1/4" of dirt. THe cap is mainly to keep the dirt from being disturbed. It provides good nutrients, but mainly to root feeders. Most tem plants don't feed off of their roots. Most beneficial ones will be swords, bulb plants and other large leaved heavily rooted plants. As far as i can tell, various stem plants i have do fine without any substrate. Ludwigia repens, h. polysperma, and hornwort are the stem plants i have, they do as well floating as planted.
11-03-2012 12:09 PM
Django I'm a newbie, but I just felt compelled to put in this post. Seems like most people in this thread, if not all, have more experience than I do.

I have been working on a 10g planted with "da da da daah" big gravel. Right now it's looking a little sickly because I put too much light on it and got about four kinds of algae. I'm sure it will come back The hair algae seems to be receeding and not growing so much.

I thought I'd ask if a source of ammonia was needed for the nitrifying bacteria and the plants. I imagine more plants and a few fish (as mentioned) would be good. Just thought I'd mention again. Also if possible getting an ajustablle height lighting can be very helpful.
11-03-2012 12:52 AM
lochaber I believe that's part of the reason to put a sand cap on the dirt - to slow the rate at which the water will circulate through it, and cut down on the amount of substances leaching into the water column from the dirt.

It's good for plants since they grow their roots into it, and can pick up whatever nutrients directly.

I don't think there is much need to use flourite either, if you have a cheaper alternative. Also, 3" of substrate will take up a lot of room in a 10gallon. You might want to put just a bare minimum of substrate in- enough to cover the bottom/look nice, but not to take up so much of the tank volume.

I don't think there is any problem with your plant selection, could be an interesting tank, but I think the setup can be a lot easier/simpler then what you are planning.

I know you weren't planning on putting any critters in, but it might be worth throwing even a couple feeder guppies in.
11-02-2012 10:53 PM
shrimpzoo so floaters and marimo balls won't benefit from dirt? only stem plants that root into the dirt will ;/ ?

I would of thought that nutrients from the dirt would leech into the water lol.
11-02-2012 06:11 PM
caoder Just as a simple med. light option is just to use a desk lamp with a 19~w CFL. I have it on my 10g and my 15g. Its perfect for the entire 10g if you center it and perfect for a bright half of a 15.
here it is on my 10. its dirted with river gravel and i dose flourish.

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11-02-2012 05:51 PM
CoffeeLove Nope. You need to fertilize the water column too.

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11-02-2012 04:42 PM
Originally Posted by wkndracer View Post
If your not going to have rooted plants why dirt the tank?
(can't believe I'm posting not to dirt a tank LMAO)
Won't the nutrients from the dirt still go to the plants even if they aren't rooted?

and I will get stem plants I suppose just to make use of the dirt lol and make the tank look nicer for my room XD

My main purpose of this tank was to make my amazon frogbit more green and grow more of them.

and to make my marimo balls more green (they are a bit yellow since I kind of gave them too much light long long ago).
11-02-2012 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by wkndracer View Post
If your not going to have rooted plants why dirt the tank?
(can't believe I'm posting not to dirt a tank LMAO)
I concur.

None of those plants will be in the dirt rendering your dirt useless. Do you plan on adding plants that actually root in the ground?

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11-02-2012 03:27 PM
wkndracer If your not going to have rooted plants why dirt the tank?
(can't believe I'm posting not to dirt a tank LMAO)
11-02-2012 02:42 PM
shrimpzoo I guess I'll aim towards having medium light.

What lamp fixture/brand would you recommend? I'm probably just going to ask the LFS person working to offer me a medium light fixture for a 10gal aquarium lol.
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