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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,
With my recent plant deaths (HC and U. Sword) I have come to realize I need a better substrate. I have always dosed with Flourish, but as I browsed the forum I realized I didn't have my facts straight. So here is my plan, Ill be out today getting supplies.

Eco-Complete, With my current gravel on the bottom for the beneficial bacteria, drainage, and look.

I decided between ADA Amazonia & Eco-Complete because they last long, have a high nutrient absorption capacity, have essential nutrients, and the texture I needed to grow my plants esp HC. I went with Eco as its easy to add (no washing) and it doesn't raise the PH or Nitrate levels as Ive heard with ADA.
I also just finished my tank cycle and I have 3 tetras and a betta fish, so I dont want to kill them in the process.

Plants: Replant my water sprite, HC, Hairgrass, more java moss, and a new sword plant. (Any Suggestions as to a sword type that is easy to take care of?)

Lighting: I have the newer 21 LED system on my Edge, and above the tank I have a LED lamp rated at 5k Kalvin, 1100 Lumen @ 90 watts.

CO2: I have just received my GLA Atomic 45mm diffuser, Aquateck Solenoid Regulator, and My 20oz Canister. I will be running 1bpm for the first week, then 2-3 after depending.

Fertilizers: Flourish Liquid, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron, and Potassium. And eventually root tabs. Does this sound sufficient?

A few questions,
1. How long until I add root fertilizers?
2. A good website to research what plants are root heavy feeders or not?
3. How do you keep your HC to the ground? (I got some fine netting to place on top and use some gravel to hold it)

Thanks everyone for your help!
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Ill be posting Pic's as I rescape the next few days.

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If you're running a Co2 injection system then there's no need for the Flourish Excel, as for fertilizers I personally use dry ferts, and spend less money on them. With liquid supplements you're pretty much paying for something that's mainly water in the bottle, with dry ferts it allows you to mix up a batch with more actual fertilizer then water.

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That water sprite will eventually consume your entire tank. I had some and the roots spread like crazy and also shaded the other plants so much they died. I had to pull it out.
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