First attempt at a planted tank

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  1. AV91

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    Hey everyone

    So this is my first attempt at a planted tank. It's a standard 3ft tank.
    I'm running a DIY CO2 system, and dose Seachem Flourish weekly.

    Let me know what you guys think

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    Looks great and welcome to the game!
    Have you got root tabs in that gravel?


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    I'm using aqua soil at the back. Towards the front of the tank I added a layer of silica sand on top of the aqua soil. Didn't really see a need for root tabs
     
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    Great looking tank there!! I think this is one to keep an eye on.. Can't wait to see the space filled with plants. Well done!!!
     
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    Looks real good.
     
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    What lighting are u using
     
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    Yep. That’ll do it


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    Very nice start.
     
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    I put together my own lighting with some LED's that I bought from China mall. My tank isn't very deep so I don't need a very powerful light
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    Looks nice! How is the plant growth so far? I microdose Seachem Flourish, Excel (which you won’t need with the CO2 injection) and Iron daily, dividing the recommended weekly dose into smaller daily doses. Think the stem plants really benefit from iron supplements.
     
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    @AV91 Nice setup well done on the DIY Led setup(you saved a ton of money their, its the one piece of equipment I will never purchase from a lfs its not their faults but I feel the Led lighting sold in SA for aquariums is a rip off) Tell us more about your DIY Co2 setup. Did you make it yourself? Where did you get the bits from to DIY it?

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    I'm with you 100% on the lighting comments. Diy all the way
     
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    I bought the parts from a guy that I found on gumtree. He's based in Durban so it was convenient for me to get the stuff, but I think he ships as well. I'm using a citric acid and bicarb solution. The bubble counter, diffuser and drop checker are all glass. When people come over, they're always so intrigued by the CO2 set up :D
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    In some of the faster growing plants like ludwigia repens, vallisneria and even the rorala I can notice the growth everyday. Can see very few new runners from the dwarf hair grass after about a week.
    What's your opinion on the daily dosing as opposed to twice a week? Any significant difference in growth?
     
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    Every tank is different (different plants, substrate, water sources, nutrients etc) so I reckon we all have to experiment a bit to get to a regiment that works for each individual tank. Others obviously do it very differently with great results.

    For me it seems as if the smaller daily doses support good steady plant growth and keep algae at bay, perhaps because it is consistent and lean. If anything, I err on the side of underdosing and if I skip a day or couple of days it’s far from a trainsmash.

    I think the Iron specifically boosts the stem plants, especially my rotala. Perhaps other folk’s water sources have higher iron content than my tapwater and don’t need supplementation?

    I also use Seachem Flourish root tabs for the root feeders eg swords, crypts, lace plant.
     
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    @AV91 Great Co2 DIY setup. Thanks for sharing.

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    Some decent plant growth after 2 weeks
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    I dose daily, every morning about 2 hours before the lights come on. The timing isn't purposeful, just happens that way with my work schedule. I also enjoy just checking out how fish and plants are doing daily, gives me a good indication if anything is changing drastically. I haven't tried any kind of weekly dose, as i'm not sure fish would be happy about a big spike in something like Nitrates. However, as you're using Flourish, that wouldn't be a problem

    I use Scape Complete and double dose every day, then a big (70%) water change once every 2 weeks, to kinda emulate the EI dosing method. My understanding is that it isn't excess nutrients that cause algae, rather an imbalance of nutrients (including lights and CO2)
     
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    How much did the DIY co2 set you back?
     

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