Originally Posted by John P.
What plants do you want to stock eventually? If you put enough of them in there at the outset so that the tank is really full, you should be okay. Keep in mind that "heavily planted" is a relative term. You want to plant so that you don't see a lot of substrate when you're done. I only have a bit of green spot in this tank now, and this picture was taken right after planting on Aug. 28th:
Keep CO2 high (30ppm), ADD FERTS in the Estimative Index fashion, and don't go over 3 watts/gallon and you should be okay. Dose Seachem Excel as a prophylactic if you want, too.
Well, I'm not sure yet which plants, I will be mapping that out this coming weekend. I'll create a new "journal" thread this weekend to begin the fun.
For CO2 ("Carbon", I suppose), I'm going to use only Seachem Excel. It's only a 6g tank and I'd rather not mess with a mini-system nor the yeast stuff. Lighting is 18w PC (not a screw-in bulb but a 8" PC bulb) over the 6g. I plan to add ferts as well but from what I've gathered on this forum, I should wait until the fast growers are somewhat established (around 3-4 weeks) before adding micros/macros. Is that correct or not?
Also, are you saying that I should just put in the plants I want AND the additional fast growers?? I wouldn't have room for all of that! My plan was to throw in 4-5 different fast growers, give it a month, rip most of them out, and then begin to put in the plants I really want.
..... how am I doing so far? I feel like all of this is information overload and I just need to actually dive in at this point. But I do want to dive in and not get hurt