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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-29-2008, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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a feel for plant growth

Can you give me a feel for plant growth? How long does it take to grow a beautiful planted tank? This may not even be a valid question. I'm just wondering. Years, months?

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I'd only run the lights 8-10 hours, ten being the max.

To grow a tank full of plants, it really depends on how much you start with obviously, but you can fill it up in a month easy. Of course, other variables will be how fast the individual species grow.

Now, to grow a "beautiful" planted tank, ah, that can take a while


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I'd only run the lights 8-10 hours, ten being the max.

To grow a tank full of plants, it really depends on how much you start with obviously, but you can fill it up in a month easy. Of course, other variables will be how fast the individual species grow.

Now, to grow a "beautiful" planted tank, ah, that can take a while
I find myself so obsessed with this tank. LOL
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I've found that you really need to step back and not touch it for a while if you want to grow it out. I have my hands in the tank about 4 days a week, and my plants aren't growing that much vertically, but they are getting much bushier and more dense (may have to do with me trimming them once every 2 weeks). I'm trying to force myself not to touch the tank as much. That's why i have two at home (or at least how i justify it to myself having 2)
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Ditto on the patience. It took me a year to find the right plants, get the algae under control, get the right filtration, understand ferts, finally get pressurized CO2, yada yada yada. Patience. Patience. Patience. It will grow.


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My 110 gal tank looked like crap to start, then I added more plants and saw some growth, rescaped it about a zillion times, stuff is filling in, and now two years later it is finally something that I think is "good".

You can do a good tank in a few months - look at Oliver Knott's lovely tanks, but you gotta know what you're doing to start and have lots of plants right at the beginning. Many of us don't have that luxury so patience!


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