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My lame 10 gallon planted tank...

This is my first attempt at this planted tank stuff...



I have 4 white cloud minnows, 2 ghost shrimp and 2 (soon to be 100 probably) ramshorn snails. A nice lady from my local aquarium forum got me going with a bunch of clippings from her tank.

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Basically any info/constructive criticism would be awesome! I have been dosing with flourish daily, too much? I am noticing some growth in a couple plants. The only plants that I can ID are the anacharis, which seems to be the happiest plant in the tank, and that little pad on the bottom is star grass I think?? Should I consider root tabs? I have Flourite under that black sand.
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I would suggest some DIY CO2 it will make your plants come alive.

You will need -
1 x 2 Liter Bottle [coke bottle ect]
1 x Packet of yeast
1 x Packet of sugar
1 x Air-line tubing
1 x CO2 diffuser [if not an airstone might work]

1. Drill a hole [ just enough so you can get the airline tubing through]
2. Put the airline tubing into the hole about 2" below the cap line
3. Use some quick setting glue keep the airline tubing in place and make it air-tight.
4. Fill the bottle 3/4 the way up with warm water
5. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar into the warm water
6. Add 1 table spoon of yeast

Or you could buy one.
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I was considering the co2. I have a Duetto submersible filter in there, it has an input for air, I hear that can work as a diffuser?
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Dosing Excel is an option if you don't want CO2 or its just a matter of waiting. Plants can grow without added CO2 but take a lot longer.

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I have been dosing daily with excel flourish.
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I have been dosing daily with excel flourish.
There is no such thing as excel flourish.

Seachem Flourish is a fertilizer
Seachem Excel is a CO2 substitute

They are 2 different products.

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hmmm.... let me see what i actually have then!
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There is no such thing as excel flourish.

Seachem Flourish is a fertilizer
Seachem Excel is a CO2 substitute

They are 2 different products.
Ok... I am confused. The bottle says flourish excel on it...

This is what I have http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...rishExcel.html
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Ok... I am confused. The bottle says flourish excel on it...

This is what I have http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...rishExcel.html
Ok, sorry, the Excel bottle does say Flourish on it. That is the CO2 substitute product. Something like Seachem Flourish is a fertilizer that provides micro-nutrients for the plants, assuming fish poop and food in the tank will provide nitrates, ammonia, etc for the macro nutrients they need. I dose both, as providing a substitute CO2 is going to make the plants want to grow more but they need nutrients to be able to grow.

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Ok, sorry, the Excel bottle does say Flourish on it. That is the CO2 substitute product. Something like Seachem Flourish is a fertilizer that provides micro-nutrients for the plants, assuming fish poop and food in the tank will provide nitrates, ammonia, etc for the macro nutrients they need. I dose both, as providing a substitute CO2 is going to make the plants want to grow more but they need nutrients to be able to grow.
Ok, thanks for the clarification. Maybe I should pick up a bottle of the Flourish. I have only had the tank set up with plants for 8 days I think...
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