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still cloudy from the substrate. im going to make a few adjustments at the next water change, i couldnt see anything when i was planting yesterday, the water was solid brown, and i even bumped into the fish a few times!

 

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for lights i have four 30w t-8s with flora sun bulbs, and four 39w t-5hos (2 plant and 2 10k), which comes out to 2.2wpg. im also running pressurized co2, but im still dialing it in. i used soilmaster select for substrate and am dosing dry fertz. the plants are:

2 amazon swords
2 java ferns
2 crypt becketi
2 anubias nana
2 red wendti
green temple narrow
lim. hip. (aromatica)
wisteria
rotala indica
stargrass
red jungle vals
e. tennelus narrow leaf


im expecting a good deal of die off and what not as the plants get situated. any advice or tips for keeping them healthy?
 

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Don't know why they'd die off. I'd advise getting some root tabs under the swords and crypts, SMS is an inert substrate, and those plants are pretty heavy root feeders.
 

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Like ingg said, root tabs will likely be needed since the swords are HEAVY root feeders.

Great looking fish!
 

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thanks. the fish you see in the pic are caribes. there are also 4 terns and two reds in there somewhere.

about the root tabs, i was under the impression that this soilmaster select had all the nutrients my plants would need (minus dry ferts). did i misunderstand this?
 

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about the root tabs, i was under the impression that this soilmaster select had all the nutrients my plants would need (minus dry ferts). did i misunderstand this?
I'm not 100% sure what all is in (or not in) the substrate. But I have the same stuff (aquariumplants.com plant substrate) and although all my other plants perform great in it, my swords suffer unless I supplement them with a couple root tabs beneath them. (And I dose liquid ferts using EI method.)

-dave
 

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Very nice looking fish and tank! What are you feeding them and how often?
thanks! i feed them chiclid gold pellets everyday, and tilapia filets, shrimp, scallops, etc about 3 times a week. i also have a breeding pair on convicts, and i release about 200 juvies that are 3/4-1" every few months so they pick those off gradually as well.
 
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