DHG around rocks and on the background is a good idea. Mixing carpet plants gives a more natural effect. Personally I would put some more flat.
I read somewhere that you can just lay the carpets on the substrate and that the plants would root themselves. its hard to separate the clumps and it would be a lot of work to do this + plant each stem individually so it felt like it was worth it to try this first. Im guessing this is how the plant spreads in the wild so it makes sense that it will root in these conditions. Maybe someone with more experience can clear this up for me?Looks good and it is really full already!
Make sure to plant them in the substrate (can be hard with HC).
If you don't put them in the substrate you will get floaters when flooding. Or amano shrimp pulling them up! They pulled so many hair grass of mine..
2 euros per pot? That's not 1-2 grow vitro cups or is it?
Good choice to use substrate dividers otherwise they will mix.
I did some searching and it made me doubt whether it will have good root growth if i don't bury it in the substrate. So, decided not to risk it i took it all out and devided it in small clumps and single stems. Even though it is a very small area it still took me a good 1.5 hours to plant everything :|Yeah prices are great there but with vitro cups you avoid the risk of getting snails with your plants. Costs are x 3 so yeah a lot...
If you plant carpet plants and it is easy, you are doing it wrong . I didn't split everything aswell, still the monte carlo is spreading nicely. Just takes a little bit more time, but will definitely split more in future tanks.
Good choice good luck!I did some searching and it made me doubt whether it will have good root growth if i don't bury it in the substrate. So, decided not to risk it i took it all out and devided it in small clumps and single stems. Even though it is a very small area it still took me a good 1.5 hours to plant everything :|
It does not allow me to link to eBay but i got them from a seller called elec-mall. So i guess you can find them easily.Great looking tank! What eBay pipes did you buy? Can you past a photo please?
It does not allow me to link to eBay but i got them from a seller called elec-mall. So i guess you can find them easily.
Here's a pic of them on my tank:
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The quality seems fine and they look absolutely great in the tank. The only problem is that they are not completely straight. But this is not really noticeable when they are in the tank, so its not a big issue in my opinion.
Thanks a lot for your tips! I guess the DHG will not be stopped by the barriers i put in the soil. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for it to conquer the rest of the tank. I probably want to rescape the tank in about half a year so until then ill be able to enjoy a nice mixed carpet:grin2:. Good tips on the dosing as well! sadly i don't have testing kits (with the exeption of a co2 testing kits) and i don't plan on buying them if not necessary since it will cost me like 40 bucks . The fact that such kits are not needed for EI dosing is appealing to me. Also, dosing ferts 6 times a week (3 macro, 3 micro) is quite a lot of work. Considering the shrimp need to be fed only once a week i was wondering if i could get away with dosing only once or twice a week. In that case ill only need to care for the tank in the weekend (feeding shrimp, water changes and dosing ferts), which would be very convenient. Do you think i can get away with dosing macro's on saturday (after water change) and micro's on sunday?Wait a bit longer, patience is best! Give it a month and you may have a full carpet by the time you flood. Like I know it's covered now, but in a month you will literally have a lush green carpet, rather than just pure coverage.
It's a good scape by the way! The largest rock is perfectly and the focal point, and nice use of negative space in the middle. Also, DHG will eventually spread to the other stuff no matter how hard you try, it sends runners under the substrate. Additionally, for future referance you can lay down plants like HC on the substrate to root down, only if you are doing a dry start like you are. They'll root by themselves eventually and that's what I do for my emersed setups. IMO it's the best way to plant them for dry starts/emersed growth cus I'm lazy and you get a lot of coverage quickly. If you are flooding immediately you have to plant them into the substrate.
Agree with Nigel don't blast too much light in, the plants you chose aren't super light hungry 40-50 umol of PAR should be sufficient. If it is growing under whatever setting it is now, it should be fine when you flood too. I have a DHG carpet in my 60P and I was around 30 umol of PAR and it spread at one point. (I use the Chihros 60cm and had it at level 2 for a while)
Another thing your fertilising won't have to be too heavy, carpeting plants aren't super demanding and Aquasoil is actually really nutrient heavy especially for the first month or so. You could do a more lean regime like PPS-Pro or follow ADA's target ppms for nutrients and you would be golden. The micro mix you have should be fine your GH seems high enough that you won't need extra Mg. Although sometimes you can have a high GH and low Mg but I think you'll be fine. I usually just go for 3 days macros, 3 days micros. Excel won't be needed just use it if you need to kill BGA or BBA, works like a charm, again like Nigel was saying.
1 BPS of CO2 should be more than enough although of course bubble counters are all made different so none are equal. A drop checker with 4dKH water may help to get a (slightly) more accurate reading.
Sorry for the late reply to everything just found your thread! Great tank by the way, excited to see this fill in.
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