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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-24-2016, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to get a new tank planted (before adding fish)

I'm going to put together a nano tank--specifically, a Fluval Edge 6 gallon. The bottom will have Caribsea Eco-Complete (black) and stones.

Before I add fish, I want to do some mild aquascaping--"mild" in the sense that the OEM LEDs aren't up to plants with significant light needs, though I might, in the future, upgrade.

The tank will eventually house a dwarf puffer, and maybe a couple of shrimp (running with the gamble that the DP won't kill them). But I want to get the decor, including the plants, set right first

I think I'm going to go with whatever I find at the LFSs, but will presumably include an anubias or two (tied to driftwood), maybe a water wisteria--i.e., low light plants.

While doing all this I'm going to seed the biomedia in my display tank for a while (and add SafeStart before adding the DP).

My question is, is there anything I would need to do to feed the plants in the meantime? I mean, before the fish and its (eventual) nitrate production. The anubias especially, since they're not root feeders.

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Anubias are very slow growers and as such seem to need just a modicum of nutrients to maintain themselves.
I have a 10 gallon tank in which most of my plants are Anubias growing on driftwood, which did very well over many months with just the occasional modest dosing of Excel, and Nutrafin Plant Gro liquid ferts, along with the mineral content provided through large weekly water changes.
The small number of rooted plants in the tank did well with a couple of root tab ferts in the substrate.
Here's a pic for you to have a look at the tank some 3-4 months after set-up:

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Thanks for the reply. I have a couple of anubias doing well in my display tank. My display tank plants are doing splendidly (actually, the water wisteria is pretty much exploding, and I'll probably just clip parts off for my new tank).

The thing I was concerned about was how well they (and the other plants) would do in a bare tank, without a source of ammonia/nitrites/nitrates (i.e., fish). My main tank is pretty well stocked--10 cardinal tetras, 7 black sail corydoras--with a couple of gourami in QT, waiting for clearance. I'm presuming that much of the plant success is due to all the waste they're putting out.

I'm getting the nano tank today and I'll pop the bio-rings into my display tank's filter, but it'll take a while for the bacteria to get established. In the meantime, I want to get my tank looking right--I wanted to plan ahead to arrange things without terrifying any fish in it.

The information for the Nutrafin Plant Gro was unclear: can it serve as a sole and complete source for plant nutrition, or does it supplement existing parameters (i.e., from wish waste)?

(FWIW, my tap water is *really* low in minerals--KH and GH--so I often supplement)

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The Plant Gro product is comprised of only micro nutrients, so no, it doesn't provide macros, but it seems that very little of the latter are needed by Anubias.
They did quite well with reasonable lighting, a carbon source from the Excel, and the wastes from fish, food, and plants.
And when I started using pressurized CO2, they really took off.
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