Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
Large low tech plant, just the basics (at first), and they are...?
Starting up a 220 G tank that I want to be lightly planted and lightly stocked and end up being in a somewhat steady state for lower maintenance. No CO2, low to maybe low-medium lighting.
I realize you can only get so close to that low maintenance goal, but ....
Stock not chosen but planning a cleanup crew and probably two schools of something like tetras.
Plants so far are wysteria, dwarf hair grass, some crypts and anubis, and soon to come some jungle val for one end. Then plan to add a bunch of moss, probably flame, and maybe some ferns on the driftwood.
Substrate is blasting sand, and I put some osmecote plus under it, and plan to put root tabs around most of the plants.
I'm thinking of dosing initially with liquid gold... sorry, Seachem Flourish Comprehensive weekly, and iron... daily?
I was thinking of not using excel (I use it in another tank doing well), as I will have a lot more surface agitation on this tank, and I keep hearing mixed things for some plants.
Will that get me going reasonably, and then if needed respond to deficiencies?
Should I need Iron daily? I dose my other tank, after having a lot of signs of iron deficiency (despite being in ecco-complete), and it looks much better, but when I test there's never more than just a bare trace in the tank. And yes I've used the calibration liquid to see that the test is working.
Once I get things going I'll switch, perhaps, to either specific liquids or dry ferts, but I'd like to get this going smoothly even if it is a bit pricey at first.
Is this a good, basic startup plan?
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