[QUOTE=Johno2090;1041770]Just wanted someone with more experience to tell me im doing ok and if i need to dose ferts?
I'm running two Aquaray Natural sunlight LED bars over my 18 gallon freshwater tank for 8 hours a day and dosing AE-Aquacarbon, substrate is Eco-complete with a toplayer of Seachem flourite black sand (2-4 inches deep id say). I'm currently running two filters but i can't see the point in having them both running so im going to cut back to my Azoo Skimmer/filter and remove my in tank one.
I have these plants in the tank from what i can remember:
Micranthemum Umberosum (dwarf baby tears)
Marsilea Quadrifolia (four leave clover)
Eleocharis Vivipara (Tall hairgrass)
Echinodorus Latifolious (tall chain sword)
hmm and I cant seem to remember the rest...i'll take a photo so if someone could ID them before me I'd appreciate it :S
I have kept the fishload in the tank small, 3 Corys, 1 Rainbow fish, 2 Danio's, 2 ADF's and 2 Apple Snails. I also have shrimp last i counted 5 but some of them are pregnant!
So all i wanted to know was if i should be using ferts and maybe supplimenting the light with any specific kelvin leds?
hi there nice tank!
from advice i normally read on the forum i would imagen the issue will be the baby tears and the hairgrass possibly the swords too although i have had lovely growth from swords with no ferts or co2
eco complete will be giving some good nutrients but you may want to think about dry dosing the tank as this really is the best way to give the plants exactly what they need
with regards to the 2 filter i would keep them both running. you basically cant have too much turnover in a planted tank
its advised to aim for a x10 turnover per hour my tank is x18 and its not a raging torrent at all
i think the idea is to keep detrius from the surface of the leaves and to keep the crap circulating to your filter intake and not dwelling in your nice expensive substrate
i dont have any experience with leds so maybe someone else will shed some light on this (if you pardon the pun)