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02-19-2013 02:10 PM
rileynapalm
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Sorry- didnt see the link to your quote. Can you repost?

Whoops! My apologies! I forgot the link.
Let me try again:

http://www.plantedtank.net/articles/...lanted-Tank/1/

There ya go!
02-19-2013 02:50 AM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

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With a high-light style tank, your plants will be using up quite a bit, if not all of the available nutrients in a short period of time. This means algae can thrive! Having .5 Phosphates isn't too bad. You could certainly bump it up just a bit. But you could be lacking in Nitrates (NO3) too. Here's a good article that helped me out when I was first trying to understand fertilizers and the (roughly) ideal PPM's of your planted tank. See if it helps, and ask as many questions as you need to!

-Riley
Sorry- didnt see the link to your quote. Can you repost?
02-19-2013 01:42 AM
rileynapalm
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Thanks for the advice on vacuuming

As for lights, they are running about 8.5 hours a day right now. Plants are growing, but some are riddled with algae. Checked phosphates today for 1st time to find they are at .5 and have gotten mixed reviews. Some sites say I should have more than that in a planted tank, others say I should have zero an recommend finding food that doesn't have any phosphate content at all. I'm at a loss on how to stop the algae.

With a high-light style tank, your plants will be using up quite a bit, if not all of the available nutrients in a short period of time. This means algae can thrive! Having .5 Phosphates isn't too bad. You could certainly bump it up just a bit. But you could be lacking in Nitrates (NO3) too. Here's a good article that helped me out when I was first trying to understand fertilizers and the (roughly) ideal PPM's of your planted tank. See if it helps, and ask as many questions as you need to!

-Riley
02-18-2013 09:49 PM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

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Originally Posted by rileynapalm View Post
You don't want to vacuum as if it were not planted. lightly skim over the substrate, but don't push your syphon down in the gravel. Especially not near your plants. You'd be possibly damaging roots and taking away their nutrients.

Have you figured out your lighting routine yet? How long are they running?
Thanks for the advice on vacuuming

As for lights, they are running about 8.5 hours a day right now. Plants are growing, but some are riddled with algae. Checked phosphates today for 1st time to find they are at .5 and have gotten mixed reviews. Some sites say I should have more than that in a planted tank, others say I should have zero an recommend finding food that doesn't have any phosphate content at all. I'm at a loss on how to stop the algae.
02-18-2013 08:24 PM
rileynapalm
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Plants are looking better after just a couple of applications. Hoping I'm going in the right direction. Question, though... What is the best way to clean the substrate? I assume a lot of the ferts are going to settle into it to feed the plants, right? At the same time, I want to get rid of all the garbage. Should I just vacuum it as if it weren't planted?

Also, tips on addition ferts/nutrients extremely welcome.

You don't want to vacuum as if it were not planted. lightly skim over the substrate, but don't push your syphon down in the gravel. Especially not near your plants. You'd be possibly damaging roots and taking away their nutrients.

Have you figured out your lighting routine yet? How long are they running?
02-18-2013 07:18 PM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

New pics of our tank. You can see some serious algae growth here... Any tips on getting did of it?

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Notice the algae on the rocks an petrified wood.
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02-18-2013 05:48 AM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

Plants are looking better after just a couple of applications. Hoping I'm going in the right direction. Question, though... What is the best way to clean the substrate? I assume a lot of the ferts are going to settle into it to feed the plants, right? At the same time, I want to get rid of all the garbage. Should I just vacuum it as if it weren't planted?

Also, tips on addition ferts/nutrients extremely welcome.
02-15-2013 07:22 PM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

I'm not sure as to the why, but I do know its a line specifically for the independent/small pet/fish store. Is this a good starting point for me, though.

I appreciate all the feedback, but I'm less than 2 months into my 1st planted tank and never dreamed there would be so many options for ferts. I'm enjoying it, and really like the learning, but some of the information, I'm embarrassed to say, is still a bit over my head. Please be patient with me... I'm learnin'.
02-15-2013 06:31 PM
VAtanks Ascorbic acid-C6H8O6;
Chlorella is a blue-green algea- depending on what it ate before being dried and bottled provides trace minerals;
calcium pantothenate or pantothenic acid-C18H32CaN2O10- provides calcium, Nitrates, a source of carbon
Riboflavin-C17H20N4O6
Thiamine-C12H17N4OS
Choline-C6H12O6
Etc etc....they all provide different plant needs just in a different vehicle besides the traditional ferts how ever this product is suppose to be used in conjunction with others int the same product line. You may have to check with Seachem on this or correct me if Im wrong but its only sold to LFS and was intended to help Seachem compete with ADA and other high end companies....
02-15-2013 05:58 PM
VAtanks I thought i was reading the lable to an energy drink....looks like red bull. How ever here is a link to a forum discussing it and the differences from a Seachem rep. http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...questions.html

According to seachem...its what plants crave...
02-15-2013 05:31 PM
Hoppy That stuff isn't a fertilizer. It is a lure to get you to buy it. A fertilizer would have N, in the form of NO3 or NH4, K, and P, in the form of PO4. It would also have iron, magnesium, sulfur, etc. There are few, if any, all-in-one aquatic plant fertilizers that are complete enough to use alone. This isn't even close to being one.
02-15-2013 05:31 PM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

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Picked up a bottle of Sechem Aquavitro Envy. 7mL 3x/ week. Hoping this is a good "all around" fert.

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Has anybody had any luck with this?
02-15-2013 04:47 AM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

Picked up a bottle of Sechem Aquavitro Envy. 7mL 3x/ week. Hoping this is a good "all around" fert.

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02-14-2013 09:51 PM
CatoeSc
Browning Plants-Help

I am keeping shrimp, otos, 1 BN pleco, cardinal tetras and Livebearers. As far as plays go, they are listed in my original post, but I don't know if they are soft/hard water plants.
02-14-2013 01:09 PM
somewhatshocked It depends upon your needs in the tank. Are you keeping soft water critters or plants?

There are quite a few products on the market to add the minerals back to RO/DI (without waste and yucky stuff) that you remove during the filtration process. Kent, Seachem, Mosura, Shirakura, et al make decent products but there are others on the market. If you're not keeping something sensitive like shrimp, you could even make your own mix. Just do a search here on the forum to find a solution that works for you.
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