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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question when should i start to fetilze my plants

here is a pic of my 8 gallon tank the day i set it up

its been setup for a week im using aqua soil and have hear people say when using it you dont have to fertiliize for a while buy my dwarf sag is looking like its metling or something there is nothing planted in the aqua soil but a tropical lilly im trying to overwinter for my pond next year and its looking good everything is looking good but the dwarf sag im thinking it could be two or three thing going on
1 not enought fertilizer
2 i have no heater
3 i havent setup my co2 yet
my tank has 24 watt pc ligting that 3 wpg and i have no fish in there as of yet
any help would be appriciated and any comment on how to improve my scape are welcome to

what should i do !!!!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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i forgot to add i think my tank is also going through the seting up stages because my water is a little clouded also if that helps any :0)
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Well, you should never plant before getting a CO2 system.
Take care of that now.
You can forget everything else till you do this.


Frequent large water changes, 2-3 x aweek, then later down to once a week.
You can add ferts right away.
This assumes you want the plants to grow right away.

Take a good look at an ADa tank, notice how much more plants they have in there?

I'd add more, you can remove them later once the tank/ADA soil settles down some.

Then it's smooth sailing.

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what kind of plants do you suggest i use i kinda like the openness of my scape i have
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Something fast growing. Hygro, bacopa, anacharis, hornwort, water sprite, ambulia, etc. You can later slowly remove the fast growers in favor of the plants you actually want in there.
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When you decide to remove the fast growing plants, offer them in the swap n shop forum here so someone else can use them. Mailing plants is pretty easy and it really does help all of us. I say that having almost all of my plants obtained by buying them here or in another forum.

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how long do you think i will nedd these other plants should i try to make it part of my scape or just let it float in there till i can take them out
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I think you'll find that a 'scape' is very much not a permanent thing. So, working some more plants in (especially to get you started) shouldn't be met with disdain. It will give you good experience with more plants, and having a high biomass in the beginning will help get things started better. Then, later, you can remove many of the plants and go with a more minimal look to match the scape that you want.

I would lean more towards fast growing stem plants, rather than floaters, in the beginning. They soak up nutrients at a prolific rate, and are readily available from many different sources.
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I would have to agree with these guys Joey, you need MORE plants! (and Co2 too~). I have some Najas guatelupensis - it is a stem plant that does well rooted or floating and grows like a weed. I still have your address in my PM mailbox somewhere and I'm sending out stuff tomorrow. I'll ship a handful your way, and a couple extras I have floating around - plenty to last for the next couple weeks until the aquasoil settles in. This one is on me - Happy Halloween! Get that CO2 up and running and you'll have more plants then you know what to do with!


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thanks jen i appriciate it
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If you have any other extras you could ship em my way...
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Dogg, catch me around the middle of November after I get back from the AGA Convention. I'll have more plants than I know what to do with I'm sure


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According to the instructions of use with the JBL Ferropol & Ferropol 24 it says there is no point using them (fertilizing) until after 4 weeks of planting new plants. They claim its due to the plants in this stage do no take in much nutrient and the fertz will only promote algie? Is this true or should I use them from the first day?
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