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Old 03-30-2020, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all.

Just started my first planted tank 3 weeks ago and joined here for the advice and knowledge. The growth has been rapid like I've never seen before and I had no idea plants could grow this fast in aquariums.

I have been maintaining both fresh water and marine tanks for the last 25 years but when ever I had plants in my fresh water tanks they would die off very quickly due to the poor lights and lack of Co2 in the aquarium.

I decided to start a planted tank as I got velvet in my tank which killed off all my fish, most that were not suited for a planted tank and as I had knowledge in Co2 injection as I have been running a calcium reactor on my marine tank for years I thought Id have ago with plants.

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Looks pretty good. You can take the plants out of the rock wool and basket. Let the roots grow.
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Looks pretty good. You can take the plants out of the rock wool and basket. Let the roots grow.
The only problem I have is the sand is about 1/2 an inch deep and is a fine sand not ideal for plants. Currently I have put root tabs in the pots to help with nutrition but have noticed roots growing out of the baskets and into the sand.

Would you still plant them in the sand?

I was thinking about buying a new larger tank this year and was going to start with new substrate then.

My current tank is around 10 years old and the seals are not looking great.

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You can put the plants in a bigger terra-cotta pot, maybe a little dirt capped with sand or stick with sand and root tabs.
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Welcome to APC! You have a good supply of growing plants now, so I suggest you just remove them, replace the substrate with something more appropriate and about 1.5 inches deep, then remove the plants from the mineral wool and pots and plant them in the substrate. That won't cost you much, and you will learn a lot so that when you want to get a different tank you will have a much better chance of lasting success.
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Sounds great. Will look at replacing the substrate at some point with a more suitable one and I like the idea of small pots as it looks better than the baskets. Thanks for the advice


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Looks great! Those stem plants will keep you busy trimming for sure. What kind of lights are you using? Do your research on substrates, some plants prefer differing types. Be sure to rinse it well if it calls for it as well, put a bag of Flourite in a 55 bow once and couldn’t see the plants for a couple days lol.


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