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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Rate my 90

This is my first attempt at a large planted tank any tips.
Oh yah I run 85 degrees and 270 watts of pc lighting and I dose flourish excel.
Substrate is potting soil and flourite covered with a layer of pea gravel.Tips on taking better pics appreciated as well lol.
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Looking good so far. Just be careful of the tetras nipping at the Gourami and the Angelfish's fins/whiskers. I think you could lower the temperature a bit though, down to 80 and still be more than safe.


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Nice start. I agree that temp should come down to 80.

Gotta love serpae tetras. Sooooo pretty.

The tank is really lacking a hardscape. Some large pieces of driftwood would look good. Or just get more plants/let them grow.

You might want to look into dosing ferts/ co2 to avoid algae issues if/when they come up due to the high lighting.


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Some driftwood would add alot to your scape.
You also have pretty high light. IMO CO2 will be needed to avoid algae issues.


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Looking good, large plants and rocks is a plus.
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Ok I agree so here are the changes!
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the newest scape looks sooo much better than the first pics. i like the layout now maybe add some more plants and let everything grow in but good job so far

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Great improvement. But, take the advice about the CO2 and looking into estimated index-dosing or you're going to run into some significant algae problems. Nice start, though, that's for sure.
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Thanks, but could I get a link for the estimated index dosing?
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Are those festivums? I recently parted with mine. They were great fish, but as they got older, their affinity for plants grew. I could handle the occasional hole in the swords, but when they found out how delicious new anubias leaves and new crypt leaves were, they had to go.

I'll miss them very much, but they make a great companion for angels and tetras. They never once went after a fish of another species, but they were very entertaining among themselves.

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Thanks, but could I get a link for the estimated index dosing?
I found it to be a pain in the neck to find an EI dosing regimen. The stickies in this forum would be the place to start.

http://www.barrreport.com/estimative-index/

Check this thread: http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...chy-folks.html

The owner of that site is very knowledgeable. He is known here by the handle plantbrain.


Depending on your water, you may not need the GH booster or the K2SO4, but the KNO3, KH2PO4, and CSM+B are standards.

Even though you have a big tank, you would probably do well to start with a regimen geared towards a smaller tank since you don't have that many plants.

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Take a look here:

http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=104737

http://www.ukaps.org/EI.htm

....and here for an outline of dosing amounts and schedules:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html

I order my ferts through this vendor and I'm very happy with them:

http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/

but there are others so look around.

I put the ferts dry right into my planted tank using measuring spoons and it works very well for me.
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Are those festivums? I recently parted with mine. They were great fish, but as they got older, their affinity for plants grew. I could handle the occasional hole in the swords, but when they found out how delicious new anubias leaves and new crypt leaves were, they had to go.

I'll miss them very much, but they make a great companion for angels and tetras. They never once went after a fish of another species, but they were very entertaining among themselves.

They are Serpae tetras
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This guy?

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Oh sorry those are pearl guarami's
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