03-14-2013, 06:22 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
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Running our business is pretty much a full-time thing so our aquariums have suffered. In some ways, they're better as some plants have been allowed to run wild, but in many other ways they're not. I've been fertilizing mostly randomly but maybe once every week or two. There are obvious deficiencies showing in the plants but I've provided enough to keep them alive.
Basically I'm looking for a system that is simple and doesn't require me to do something every day. Once a week would be ideal. Root tabs haven't worked well, it's too hard to get them in place around the plants and hardscape. I was thinking of switching to PMDD... can I dose it dry? I know it's meant to be mixed with water, but it would be easier if I can just use measuring spoons like I do now.
Also, my CO2 ran out and I left it since I'm not aggressively fertilizing. But while I had nearly gotten rid of my BBA in some tanks, it has taken over in several tanks and I don't know if I can really say that was CO2 or inconsistent fertilization. Iv'e begun dosing surgical disinfectant against it, but once I get ahead again, is CO2 the answer to keeping it away? I never had good luck even when I was fertlizing and doing water changes regularly.
Basically, I want a low tech tank with what plants I have.. how do I get there? Other than the BBA, my bowfront is entirely Java fern variants with a plant that grows in my overflow box and blocks a lot of light and looks pretty nice. My 240 is almost all a ground cover plant I'm not familiar with, plus a few swords and red ruben lily in the middle. I should probably cut the lighting back too.