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How Long Does it Take??

Just wondering how long it takes your tanks to start filling in. I understand that no 2 tanks are the same and that there are countless variables. With that said, I was looking at some threads and journals of others that had similar set ups for 2 weeks and the growth was exponential compared to mine.

I'm running moderate to fast growing plants with EI ferts, and CO2. I will be patient, just wondering what you guys usually witness with your tanks?

This 20G has been planted for about 2 weeks and is showing good signs of rooting, and a few new leaves.

Do you witness a threshold where your plants finally get comfortable and acclimated and THEN fly thru the roof?

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So many variables in this question. Amount of Co2, amount of light, substrate, photocycle, fertilization...all of which could affect things. For me, on my tank, took about a month before things got really cooking. Three months later I'm cursing and losing stuff (scissors) in the jungle.
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A month, that gives me something to look forward to. I know there are so many variables, appreciate the info
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2 weeks....the plants are just starting to get used to your tank condition. Wait about a month or so. You would see consistent growth.


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Ahhh the patient game

My plants usually would take a few days to settle in and adapt to my environment. Sometimes your plants grow and you don't even notice it, that's why I like to take pictures of my recently new plants and snap pics at them, check them in a week and BAM!


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It won't be long but they do need to get settled in and over the slight shock of a transplant and before you know it you'll be saying I wish this things didn't grow so fast.


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thanks folks. I keep up with the pics!
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The number one key things that drives it all is light. More light means faster growth. Not always Quality but faster. Of course with more light comes The other stuff like Ferts and Co2. Didnt see you mention what your running for light? Or whats the distance from the top of the substrate to the bottom of the light?

As others have mentioned New plants take a little time to adjust to the new water and substrate conditions. As well as Light and food it can feed.

Are you using any root tabs for the root feeders?

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I have some laterite in the substrate (caribsea inert rock 2 mm) as well as some root tabs. I am running a 24" odyssea fixture with 2 T5 HO bulbs (48 watts) that are suspended about 11 inches from the top of the tank as sugessted by a couple of the gurus.

My ludwigia completely melted into nothing as well as my vals, however the rotala seems to be rooting as well as the crypts and the hygro.

hopefully all I need is some more patience......
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Yeah, take pics like Oscarsx said. I do it and when you look back, you'll be amazed at the growth. It's hard to notice day to day.
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Your Vals will spring back up if you keep everything going correctly. Stress causes them to "hibernate" more times then not. Give it some time and you should already be seeing new growth. New growth is more important than the melting you are seeing.
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