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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help with my first planted tank

I have a 150g tank that has been running for about 3 years. I currently have a few plants but nothing like I want it to be. I also want to add Discuss to my tank. I have pressureized CO2 just not running right now. I am in the process of upgrading my lights to T5HO 6X 39 watts.

I currently have pea size stone as my substrate. After reading severial posts I am under the impression that this is not the ideal substrate. Is mixing florite to my current substrate the best solution? Or should I take out the stone and put something else down and then top off with these stones?

Here is a pic to show you what I have?

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The substrate looks good to me but with more light you will need to be dosing nitrates, phosphates and potassium, plus a trace element mix, and the CO2.

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You can make that substrate work if you like it.

Personally, I prefer substrates with a nutrient content, but you can achieve the same end by dosing the water column with ferts like Hoppy said.

If you want to try your hand at growing carpeting plants, IME those do tend to fill in best in nutrient-containing substrates, however.





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Personally, I prefer substrates with a nutrient content, but you can achieve the same end by dosing the water column with ferts like Hoppy said.

If you want to try your hand at growing carpeting plants, IME those do tend to fill in best in nutrient-containing substrates, however.

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What do you suggest I put under my current substrate?
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