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Old 07-08-2006, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone...this is my first official post with questions here. I'm liking this site more and more every time i see visit. Anyways, I have a question on a couple of things that I hope can be answered. First, I'll show you what my tank looks like (however this pic isn't the most recent pic but its good enough...once I fix the problem I'm having, I'll post newer pics). Here they are







I have already moved the java fern to a driftwood but I don't have anything to tie it down. Could I use a twist tie? I'm afraid is going to rust on me. I have also moved some other plants around here and there but it generally looks the same. Before I ask the questions, here are some parameters: I'm using gravel only as my substrate, Nitrates is usually around 10-20ppm, 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. pH is amazingly high (above 8 ) and KH is >250 ppm (15 drops). GH is around 100ppm (6 drops). I am also running (2) 2 liter bottles of CO2 in the tank and I have a 36W coralight strip with 6700K bulb.

So...here comes the questions: Some of my plants, particularly the jungle val, amazon sword, and a few of the crypts are developing chlorisis and/or browning. Since last week, I have been using flourish and this past week, I went home to San Antonio and went to a few pet stores and picked up flourish iron and potassium. I dosed all three last night when I came home. Is there anything else I need to purchase in terms of ferts? I know phosphate is important but I couldn't find it anywhere and there is a chance that I might go to houston this week and maybe i can pick some up there. Should I be concerned with the KH being so high? Should I trim the yellow leaves off the plants or let them heal? I really would love to have a small grasslike plant in there...what could I try with my setup? Is Java moss worth having? Finally, what else can I do to make this tank better overall? Sorry for all the questions ...I hope I"m not being a pain. I would love some feedback and hopefully answers and I appreciate everyone reading this long post. Thanks
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Old 07-08-2006, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice start to your tank, Carlos.

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I have already moved the java fern to a driftwood but I don't have anything to tie it down. Could I use a twist tie? I'm afraid is going to rust on me.
You could use some cotton thread. The beauty of this is the cotton will basically dissolve and disappear within 2-3 weeks, at which time your java should be attached. You could also use a rubber band or sme monofilament line, both of which should be removed once plant is attached.

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Is there anything else I need to purchase in terms of ferts? I know phosphate is important but I couldn't find it anywhere and there is a chance that I might go to houston this week and maybe i can pick some up there.
You're right, you need to dose phosphates. If you can't find what you're looking for at the store, check with Greg Watson. He's a sponsor here, and a great guy. Buying ferts in solid form is tons cheaper in the long run. Check out the sticky in the fertilizing forum regarding EI dosing.

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Should I be concerned with the KH being so high?
Not unless you're trying to grow some of the softer water plants, like Toninas, and Eriocaulons. The only thing I would caution you with here, is the following: Sometimes high kh can come from an inordinate amount of Ca or Mg. Typically this ratio needs to be around 3-4:1 (Ca:Mg). If you have high calcium carbonate water from limestone aquifers, you might be Mg deficient. You would see some stunting in a variety of plants. Keep an eye out just in case.

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Should I trim the yellow leaves off the plants or let them heal?
I typically give them a few days and if I don't see any imporovement, trim them.

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I really would love to have a small grasslike plant in there...what could I try with my setup?
MIght try some Blyxa japonica, or Lilleaopsis, check out the plantfinder here on the site for some great info on plants.

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Is Java moss worth having?
Only you can answer that one.

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Finally, what else can I do to make this tank better overall?
My only comment here is that those swords will quickly outgrow that tank! You have a nice start. Perhaps move the Crypts to where the swords are and plant something in the foreground like Elatine triandra, Glosso, HC, H. micranthemoides, or Marsilea.

HTH!
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Thanks bert...I'll see what I can do with this...hope the plants get better.
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