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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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ferts dosing requirements

okay please point me in the right direction please
4ft tank
soft water 6.0ph amm 0 nitrites 0 nitrates 15
twin compact 8 hrs per day
twin sponge filters (had a power head in there but did not help)
mosly apisto (i.adoketa)(double reds)
s.a.e, ottos

just cant get my plants to grow
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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hey nobody have any input
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Could be an issue with lighting or ferts. I'm not sure what a "twin compact" is, or how good the reflectors are. Also, fishload is important, as a lot of fish will create a lot of poop, which will limit the need for additional ferts in a low-light setup.

With the number of plants you have, I'm going to guess that you don't have enough nutrients in the water column. Infesting in some liquid or dry ferts (NPK + Trace) will probably help you out. For more specific advice, you're going to need to be more specific with both your lighting and fauna.
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aqualina 4ft twin compact globes 6000k 55w

2 pair of apistogrammas
5 s.a.e
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Yep, nutrients. No idea what's available in aussieland, but look into fertilizers. Sources of nitrates, phosphates, and potassium, as well as trace (micro) ferts. Seachem makes liquid ferts that might be available.
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have tried flourish(all in one liquid fert) but just had a massive algae bloom and smothered all the other plants
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One problem with discussing lights with people in Australia is that we use different words for some things. I think from your description that your light is a T5HO, 4 foot, 2 tube light. But, then by Googling I found this: http://aqualina.com.au/modules/news/...p?storytopic=8 which fits your description and is what we refer to as a PC light (power compact). If this is the light, you have a single row of light across the top of the tank, and, from the photo, the reflectors are not very good, so I suspect that you have very low light. I can't really tell from the photo, but it looks like fairly high light in the photo.

Some years ago, when you were sick, Doctors used to give you a laxative, since that wouldn't hurt you, and might even help you, and an aspirin, since that was believed to be good for almost anything. Well, our version of that is CO2. If you can't tell what's wrong, just add some CO2, since that won't hurt anything, and might even help.

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