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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Noob question about plants here

I have a 3 gallon tank with only Anacharis (which are growing but still are brown from shipment) and Micro sword (which is not doing so great). There are also a few clovers that made the trip with the micro sword that i have planted in front of the micro sword.

I have a (sunlight) desk lamp that I've seen other people use to give the plants light and a co2 generator that is working fairly well.

I do not have any fish in the tank and I'm using a material that we manufacture at where i work as a substrait. They are actually very fine ceramic beads a little larger than a grain of sand.

I have no idea how to fertilize these plants or if fertilization is even needed because I've seen other people talk about having no ferts in their tanks. I know that the material i used for the substrait doesn't have any nutrition for the plants but I don't want to have to add ferts all the time.

I do not want to add fish yet because I killed a beta in this same tank (before plants) because the PH was too high. Now the PH is around 6.2 after changing the water in the tank with bottled water and adding the CO2 generator.

I heard that when plants die they will kill your fish so i want to get these plants kicking before I add anything to the tank.

Here are my levels from using quick dip strips

Nitrate 0-10
nitrite 0
GH 75
KH 120
PH 6.2

Here are some pics of my tank, I know it's not pretty but it is what it is.

Any guidance you guys can give me would be a huge help.







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First thing, good call on the light, got the same one, totally dig it.
Secondly, whats the question? As far as ferts go, dosing probably isn't really required with the plants you have there, especially the Anacharis as thats pretty much a nutrient sponge and would hog it all.
Plants dying won't kil fish. It might make conditions better for algae, but won't kill fish.


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The short story is, My micro sword is dying and I don't know what to do to save it.

I left it planted in the pot that it came in. Should i remove it and try to plant it separate? The material it was planted on seemed like a cardboardish type material.



I also read that they suggest taking water from an established tank to do water changes in this tank to give the plants food. Is that a good idea? My other tank has a different PH level.



I'm also having a bit of an algae problem that is growing on the glass and was thinking of adding a few shrimp in there to clean up the place. Do you think it's a good idea to add shrimp or gold algae eater into the mix until the plants are stable?

Sorry for rambling but I'm just trying to get all the advise i can.

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If Im not mistaken, you should remove the pot and the "sponge like" foam from the plant. If your substrate isnt fertilized at all like eco-complete or fluorite, or ada aquasoil then you would most definitely need to(as far as i know) supplement the plants with some nutrients. Seachem makes a root tab if im not mistaken that may or may not work in your situation. You can read more about it from here http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...urishTabs.html
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Oh and yes, the lamp is awesome. I bought one from wally world and couldnt have made a better choice for my 2.5 nano. The algae could be from too much light and not enough plants to out compete it. If youre still "cycling" the tank then the recommended plant coverage for the tank is 50% of the gravels surface. With no livestock in there you are performing a "Silent Cycle". What kind of algae is it? I would guess brown diatom most likely which to my understanding is common in a new tank that is still in its stages of "cycling". Anyway hope any of this helps. I'm fairly new to the hobby aswell and hope that my information was helpful and hopefully accurate lol.
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