planted tank experiment
I would like to see more writings on experiments conducted by fellow aquatic plant enthusiasts. In an effort to get the ball rolling, I will be setting up two new tanks in April to conduct an experiment.
What I would like from you, my fellow enthusiast, are suggestions for the variables in the experiment. What would you like to discover? Are there particular plants about which you are curious? Do you have questions regarding a particular macro or micro nutrient’s impact on a given plant? Now is the time to speak up – I am listening! Who knows, your suggestion today may result in an article you can read over breakfast in the not too distant future.
This is what is fixed thus far:
1) Two 5.5 gallon Perfecto tanks
2) Lighting – Each tank will be equipped with a 2 x 13w AH Supply fixture, and each will be paired with two 13w, 6700K bulbs.
3) Filtration – Each tank will utilize one ZooMed 501 Turtle Canister Filter, sans carbon media.
This is not decided:
Substrate – I am interested in using ADA Powesand Special and Aquasoil Amazonia (small), but this is by no means a final decision.
Flora – This is wide open at this point.
Fauna – This, too, is undecided. However, I am leaning towards no fauna, as I think it will provide for easier control of the experiment. Your input will be the deciding factor.
H2O – I am thinking about using distilled water and adding Seachem Equilibrium. I don’t want the experiment to be biased by my tap water.
CO2 – I have the capability of using pressurized CO2 on each tank, but this is open for discussion.
Fertilization – This is totally undecided.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Let me hear where you would like this to go. Please comment as little or as much as you would like. If you’ve had a hypothesis that has been screaming for attention, I would like to hear it. Also, if there are any others that would like to work with me (i.e. attempt to replicate the experiment), please let me know.