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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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I wish to dabble into live plants and want to start with my 180 freshwater which I will be setting back up. I want to start low tech maybe for a year or two until I get enough experience to maybe possibly up my game and move to a more high tech setup.

I wish to start with Anubias, Java Moss, Java Fern, Val and Crypts in a pool filter sand substrate. Do I need to use any base and cap it off with pool filter sand? What recommendation would you suggest for a dry dosing regiment? As discussed I want to stay low tech for at a year to get as much experience as possible.

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Personally, I'd stick with just PFS. It's simple, grows anything, and has less to deal with (and learn) than capping dirt.

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I jumped straight into a Walstad-style dirted tank and couldn't be happier. I'm actually growing all those plants with no added dry ferts - just Excel to help fight algae - and everything is chugging along slowly but steadily.

Bit of advice in case you hadn't heard, don't bury the rhizome on anubias or java fern, just superglue it to a piece of rock or something else heavy. That way the rhizomes won't rot and it makes rescapes a breeze. My anubias and ferns were very sad until I unburied them.
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I jumped straight into a Walstad-style dirted tank and couldn't be happier. I'm actually growing all those plants with no added dry ferts - just Excel to help fight algae - and everything is chugging along slowly but steadily.

Bit of advice in case you hadn't heard, don't bury the rhizome on anubias or java fern, just superglue it to a piece of rock or something else heavy. That way the rhizomes won't rot and it makes rescapes a breeze. My anubias and ferns were very sad until I unburied them.

Thanks. Could I also tie them with a piece of string. If I go the superglue method what type would be aquarium safe?

I believe I will stick with pool filter sand as I want to keep corys and clown loaches in the future.

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Thanks I am heavy leaning towards that. Any special dosing requirements for these plants? Will the Finnex
planted 24/7 be good enough to grow these plants?
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Thanks. Could I also tie them with a piece of string. If I go the superglue method what type would be aquarium safe?
Most superglue that is made of this. I've been using Loctite brand. On the back label, it states that it is "Cyanoacrylate adhesive. But really any that is Cyanoacrylate is aquarium safe.


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I jumped straight into a Walstad-style dirted tank and couldn't be happier. I'm actually growing all those plants with no added dry ferts - just Excel to help fight algae - and everything is chugging along slowly but steadily.



Bit of advice in case you hadn't heard, don't bury the rhizome on anubias or java fern, just superglue it to a piece of rock or something else heavy. That way the rhizomes won't rot and it makes rescapes a breeze. My anubias and ferns were very sad until I unburied them.


Seconded. For your plant list and size of tank it will be cheaper and less work to do dirted
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You could always do a dirt tank and cap it with PFS. I'm actually working on setting up a 29 like that for Khuli loaches
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You could always do a dirt tank and cap it with PFS. I'm actually working on setting up a 29 like that for Khuli loaches


Or do black diamond blasting sand like @Econde and myself and others. I think more than anything it's a color preference between PFS and BDBS
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