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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Using dirt capped with sand. I wet it down about every other day or everyday using dechlor tank water and thrive+ squirt with a bit of excel. The light I'm running is meant for corals but I have the blue spectrum turned way down to 1%. I added the photo of it 13 days in with 0 growth. Ignore the siran wrap. There's some algae looking stuff growing in the back too. Tank is a 40b.

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I forgot to mention that I also scattered osmocote plus root tabs around the substrate.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 08:55 PM
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If youíve got brand new soil why would you think you need to add Osmocote or any fert for that matter. Osmocote has probably leached so much fert into soil at this point itís probably borderline toxic to plants.

Osmocote is not designed for aquatic plants/soils, in aquatic/wet soils itís leach rate is very high. If you use it, it should have only been used sparingly (1 pellet every 2sq/in) and probably not till 6mo after tank was flooded.
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Good point. I used dirt previously and I still had some deficiencies, so when I used the osmocote, it fixed those. Decided to just use osmocote from the start.

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Bump. Day 15. Weird algae(?) stuff still going.

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Using dirt capped with sand. I wet it down about every other day or everyday using dechlor tank water and thrive+ squirt with a bit of excel. The light I'm running is meant for corals but I have the blue spectrum turned way down to 1%. I added the photo of it 13 days in with 0 growth. Ignore the siran wrap. There's some algae looking stuff growing in the back too. Tank is a 40b.

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I know nothing about this hobby but I'm curious about your choice in basically turning the blue spectrum lighting all the way off? I mean if your just trying to eliminate useless parts of the spectrum from an salt water light for terrestrial plant use I would have thought targeting the higher end wave length like ultraviolet would have been the way you wanted to go?
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I know nothing about this hobby but I'm curious about your choice in basically turning the blue spectrum lighting all the way off? I mean if your just trying to eliminate useless parts of the spectrum from an salt water light for terrestrial plant use I would have thought targeting the higher end wave length like ultraviolet would have been the way you wanted to go?
Blue light can cause tons of algae, so I just don't want the plants to get used to the blue light and have problems when I flood and turn it down a ton.

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