new planted tank questions/help - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: texas
Posts: 927
new planted tank questions/help

I setup a 55 gal tank about 4 weeks ago. Using prime water conditioner as directed. I put 2 guppies and 2 zebra danios in last week. I also added 10 plants and I have 11 more plants that will be here next WED. I have a goal for a moderately planted tank. I have 2 aquaclear 70 hob filters running and a 48 inch t5ho light with 2 6700k bulbs. With a total of 108 watts. I added tetra safestart plus bacteria the day I added the fish. Used as directed. I also added tetra easybalance plus as directed. What do I need to add/do to keep the plants and fish healthy. I have some excel I would like to dose instead of using co2. Any advice where I have already messed up , or anything I need to do from this point on . Thank you.
rick dale is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 11:28 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
greaser84's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NC
Posts: 1,424
What kind of substrate do you have? What kind of plants? Whats your photoperiod?
greaser84 is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 11:29 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ca.
Posts: 625
I have cycled 3 tanks using quick start but always waited a couple days to add fish, put as many plants in as you like the more the better, until you have a 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite I would not add any more fish, just do daily readings on your water so you can see when it cycles my 75g took 8 days with all new equipment. Are you using a good substrate if so then I would not dose any ferts to start or most likely you will grow algae faster than your plants, be patient with your tank this is a long term adventure rushing things like stocking fish or trying to grow your plants fast can lead to other problems .

125g,75g,50g,40g,27g,10g
Aqguy is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: texas
Posts: 927
substrate

I have around 3 inches of eco-complete substrate. Plants are :melon sword , narrow leaF CHAIN SWORD , KLIENER BAR SWORD , COBAMBA , BALANESE , JAVA FERN, ANNUBIAS. I have been running the lights around 6 to 7 hours a day. But I just put plants in a week ago. Water perameters last night were o ammonia , o nitrite , 5ppm nitrate.
rick dale is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 11:47 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
greaser84's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NC
Posts: 1,424
Quote:
Originally Posted by rick dale View Post
I have around 3 inches of eco-complete substrate. Plants are :melon sword , narrow leaF CHAIN SWORD , KLIENER BAR SWORD , COBAMBA , BALANESE , JAVA FERN, ANNUBIAS. I have been running the lights around 6 to 7 hours a day. But I just put plants in a week ago. Water perameters last night were o ammonia , o nitrite , 5ppm nitrate.
Sounds like a good set up. pictures? Careful with the anubias, I find that when mine get hit with to much direct light they get algae pretty quick. You can use mesh or screen to block the light in that part of the tank or put it in the shadow of a large plant.
greaser84 is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2014, 12:16 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Ca.
Posts: 625
Anubias are slow growers and do get algae on them fairly easy. All your reading look good just move slowly adding fish ,myself I would wait 60 days before dosing ferts your substrate will promote good root growth a foundation for any healthy plant.

125g,75g,50g,40g,27g,10g
Aqguy is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2014, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: texas
Posts: 927
carbon

What about dosing excel ?
rick dale is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2014, 10:25 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
greaser84's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NC
Posts: 1,424
Quote:
Originally Posted by rick dale View Post
What about dosing excel ?
You can dose excel, it will help control algae and the plants will use it to grow. Excel is not nearly as good as pressurized co2. You can also look into a DIY co2 system (check out you tube). DIY co2 has its pitfalls though.
greaser84 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome