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Any advice for HC

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by dschmeh, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. dschmeh

    dschmeh Prolific Poster

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    Anyone have any advice for growing HC everything else is doing well but im trying to get a nice foreground going, I put in some HC and its been in there about a month its just not spreading. Using ei and water param seems perfect
    12 gal tank with AH 36w diy fixture.
     
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    Re: Any advice for HC

    I dunno what to tell you other than to continue waiting. I've never had mine take that long to grow. If it isn't dying I'd say just wait it out another month. I've never planted it in flourite, only AS. Maybe it takes longer to send runners through the larger and heavier flourite?
     
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    Re: Any advice for HC

    its not dying but not spreading i suspect the flourite may be to course. anyone have any suggestions??
     
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    It grows very easily with ADA aqua soil and good CO2, it's not light demanding either like some folks like to say.

    It does grow like a nice weed if you use the substrate, flourite is just a poor grain size for it.
    Onyx was better.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    thanks for the tip ill try and locate a better sub for it and put it in the front of tank and let you guys know.
     
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    1 9 liter bag of ADA AS would do and will run 26.99 from ADG and then shipping.

    You'll have no issues then other than CO2 perhaps.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    I ordered some Aqua Soil- Amazonia (3 liters)- Normal Type and im just gonna put it along the front of the tank and give it a try if it works out ill use it all over in my next tank. co2 i have pressurized and a red sea 500 reactor . should be ok but not sure about the reactor since i just started using it.

    do you have any comments on the reactor. thanks for the advice if any and i like the new site. same forum but looks more modern.
    Dave
     
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    Note, you can change the look depending on your own preferences, I have solver and carbon back type right now on.

    There's a box on thbe lower bottom of the screen if you scroll all the way down, click on any one of those color combos for preferences.

    Cool huh?

    For all the squawking about individual preferences and tank differences, why not web differences/preferences as well?

    I think once you try the ADA AS, you'll want more and do the entire tank.
    See my 2$ DIY reactor in the article's section, works better, cheaper.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    yea i know but i was playing on ebay and bought it before i saw your article.
    i also saw a guy make one as per your instructions on plantedtank. Looks nice. Im familiar with the setting I work on computers and websites vBulletin is one of the better ones . word of advice but you probably already know keep it updated to the most current version for security.

    thanks for your help tom
    Dave
     
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    Yep, updates are important.
    See how the Hc grows once you add that, you'll be amazed.
    Give it 3 weeks and good CO2.

    then report back.

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    Tom Barr
     
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    testing today
     
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    your test worked and i got a email notifying me of the post.

    PS . I got my aquasoil and been using it for about 2 weeks everything seems well but to soon to tell for the HC Ill keep you posted.
     
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    If you add enough CO2, things should grow in rapidly, 2-3 weeks max.

    Regards,

    Tom Barr
     
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    well i got my aquasoil and put about a inch on top my flourite (i didnt want to redo tank) and replanted my HC Its growing great (tom you were right) but now i have another problem which seems to be common . The HC is not fully rooted yet and its pearling so much its pulling out of the sub and floating . what do you guys do when you plant it any suggestions.
    Dave
     
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    The ADA AS is clay based, so you can pack it down.

    I tend to plant at least 3/4-7/8th of the stem below ground.
    I make 1" long individual strands and plant these mostly below ground.
    None of that clump plant method.

    Deeper ADA As will help also.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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