Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Finally having success
Hello all. So after a long time in the planted tank game, I find myself finally having success recently. I have had many tanks. In the majority of them, the plants never did anything or just turned to mush. Or both. But in my current tank, they are actually growing. Albeit slowly. My setup is a 33 long with plain caribsea sand around 1.5-2 inches in depth and a finnex stingray fixture. In my tank, I have rotala indica, crypt wendtii, parva and balansae, water sprite, madagascar lace plant and an amazon sword. I have seachem root tabs in the substrate and a couple times a week I do a few capfuls of seachem flourish and iron. In my previous tanks, I never did any dosing or anything like that. Just used eco complete, flourite, etc.
Could this be why I'm finally having success? That also coupled with my tank being so short for better light penetration even though my light isnt very strong. I have never done a tank this short before. Also... I have all guppies in the tank... They poop a LOT. Possibly adding to the ferts?
Years ago, I had a 56 tall, and I had really good success with it. Grew lots of crypts and rotala. But, I had eco complete and was dosing seachem I think. I havent done that since then until now.
What do you gather of this?