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My 260 Vincenza planted tank

So I decided to make this my first post. I had a planted 25 gallon tank for 6 months until I upgraded to a 70gallon bowfront tank. When I was using the 25 gallon I had no problems using a 40watt t5 light, vitamin sticks, and seachem flourish phosphorus, iron, excel, and trace. All my plants flourished and did well considering it was CO2 free.

Now that im running a larger tank, Im using the following:

2 X 34" 39W T5 glo lamps
300 watt heater
405 external fluval filter
70 Aqua Clear blower
regular gravel
all plants have a vitamin stick
regular dosing with seachem flourish phosphorus, iron, excel, and trace

I find that most of my plants are not growing, and arent producing any runners etc.. Alot of the leaf plants have wilted tips and some algae on them.

- I have been thinking about changing my gravel to flourite (not sure if I should buy the fine stuff or the regular gravel size.

- I have been looking around to maybe upgrade my lighting. I have not been able to find higher wattage bulbs. ( my light is on 10hrs a day)

- thinking of dosing with CO2 but from reading it looks complicated and Im worried I might lose my fish.

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed






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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2009, 03:47 AM
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Joe,

As a primary necessity of plants for life, carbon is essential in any planted aquarium. Seachem Excel is a decent source of essential carbon for you plants in a small tank, but it's hardly the best method for use in such a large setup as this one. If I were in your situation, I would make it a plan to eventually upgrade to a pressurized CO2 system for this tank. It is also worth noting that substrate is a primary, essential ingredient to a successful planted tank. Many people are capable of growing beautiful plants in gravel substrate, but it's always been my understanding that a nutrient enriched substrate (like eco-complete) is a great foundation for a beautifully planted tank. I hope that you have better luck in the future. I bet you'll end up with an amazing planted tank. Take care and I'll be looking forward to more pics as time goes by.

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The essentials you need:

(1) Good Lighting - You are running only 1 watt/gal. Not much will grow under that except for low light plants and you wouldn't need CO2 for those plants. You want to try to get 3 watts/gal for the plants you have and bulbs with a 6,700K to 10,000K range

(2) Good Substrate - Gravel won't get it done. You need to get eco-complete, Aquasoil or minerialized soil.

(3) CO2 - A pressurized system is the best but also expensive with the intial cost but will save money in the long run. DIY CO2 can be done for a while but with your tank size you would need about 3 bottles to get enough CO2 for your tank. Believe me, DIY CO2 will work, it is just a hassel to change the solution every 2 weeks.

(4) Flow - Make sure you have good water flow in your tank to disperse the CO2 and nutrients and try not to have any dead spots.

(5) Fert Dosing Routine - Make sure you are getting your plants the nutrients they need. Even though the Seachem line of products are good, they will burn a hole in your pocket over the long haul. I would switch over to using dry ferts which are less expensive and last longer.

(6) Water changes and filter maintence - Water changes at least once a week are essential as well as keeping your filter clean.

(7) Enjoying your tank and hobby - Don't let all this start making you feel like it is a job to have a tank and not a hobby. These essentials will make for a great looking tank that you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

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thanks for your advice....I justt purchased a few bags of eco complete and flourite. I will be swapping everything out within the next 2 weeks.

Once this task is complete, I will be upgrading my light, and looking into C02 options.

I will keep this thread updated
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