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Old 03-26-2014, 02:23 PM   #316
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Well the smaller crypts melted really heavily, so the transition between the open and planted spaces is a bit abrupt, but there's plenty of new growth starting to come through so it should start looking good again soon. Will get some photos up later this week.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:12 PM   #317
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Hey guys,

Never kept a planted tank before, but I have read with soil based substrates that the nutrients run out after a while, so do you guys just replace all of the substrate after a certain amount of time?
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:39 PM   #318
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Never kept a planted tank before, but I have read with soil based substrates that the nutrients run out after a while, so do you guys just replace all of the substrate after a certain amount of time?
I don't bother. The soil should last for ages, after which a cheap all-in-one EI fert mix can be dosed in low amounts if the plants start to show any deficiencies. Soil has a pretty good CEC so it will re-capture excess ferts from the water column to an extent as well/
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #319
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Well after a month of melting hard, the crypts seem to be getting the hang of it

Still a bit patchy in places but lots of new growth coming through.

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Old 04-04-2014, 10:52 PM   #320
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Where did you get your maiden hair fern? Lovely tank btw!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:06 PM   #321
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Where did you get your maiden hair fern? Lovely tank btw!!
Cheers. The fern was just from a generic garden center. It lived on a shelf in my room for years before I added it to the tank. They're pretty common in most garden centers over here in the UK.
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Already looking nice, Tom.
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One day, when I figure out how to keep crypts alive, I will steal your idea ... again.

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Are crypts that hard to keep alive?
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:49 PM   #324
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Just read through this entire thread and your results are stunning. Inspiring me to experiment with something new and head in a different direction.

So let me get this right... You don't dose any fertilizers... At all?
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Just read through this entire thread and your results are stunning. Inspiring me to experiment with something new and head in a different direction.

So let me get this right... You don't dose any fertilizers... At all?
Thanks Bill. I do dose a very small amount if they plants start showing obvious deficiencies... But in 4 years I've gone through just 500ml of all in one liquid ferts (ei mix).
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #326
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Absolutely stunning, man. I was gonna say, everything shows such great color, no obvious deficiencies, no crazy algae... Again, great work.

One more question... The ferns you just removed, was all of that just narrow leaf java fern? I thought it had a great effect against the few crypts you already had in the tank. And the microsword mixed with the hairgrass! Gah, so good! I can't get over it! Haha
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:20 PM   #327
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Haha thanks again. The ferns were 90% java fern 'trident'. There's still some around the sides and back. It's a great plant, probably my favourite but it's been the dominant plant in the tank for several years so I fancied a change.
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Completely understandable after several years. I get sick of my tanks after 6 months...
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