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Glosso - How substrate dependent is it?

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by Craig Tarvin, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Craig Tarvin

    Craig Tarvin Junior Poster

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    I have always had luck with Glosso grown in Eco-Complete in a high tech/EI tank. I am contemplating using my spare 50gal as a stereotypical Amano Glosso/Rock tank, and I am wondering if I can get away with using something cheap like plain gravel instead of EC. Lighting would be 260w CF with ~30ppm CO2 and using the EI.

    Does anyone have any experience with Glosso in a cheap substrate/high tech tank? I am curious about how much the substrate matters in a tank like that.
     
  2. weaverr3

    weaverr3 Junior Poster

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    Re: Glosso - How substrate dependent is it?

    I introduced glosso to my tank about 3 weeks ago I think and it has taken off like wild fire. My substrate is simple river sand/gravel that I pulled straight out the river myself. Nothing fancy there. I use EI and only have about 2.4wpg of NO Flourescents. Your setup should be more than fine. Just make sure you use small enough sand/gravel to make planting easier.

    Blake
     
  3. aronson

    aronson Prolific Poster

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    Re: Glosso - How substrate dependent is it?

    weaverr3,

    What did you do to prepare the gravel? I am thinking of doing the same for a 15g I have in my extra bedroom.

    Also, are you using CO2?

    Adam
     
  4. weaverr3

    weaverr3 Junior Poster

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    Re: Glosso - How substrate dependent is it?

    I am using CO2 (pressurized).

    As for prepping the gravel... All I did was rinse it -thoroughly- since I pulled this out of a river. There is no telling what all was in it but it was definately full of natural mulm and multitudes of fresh water clams. I decided to remove them as well, which took a lot of time.

    Good luck.

    Blake
     
  5. aronson

    aronson Prolific Poster

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    Re: Glosso - How substrate dependent is it?

    Thanks, Blake!

    I live in the Hudson River Valley and have considered using gravel from some of the local streams (or "kills" as they are known around here) for the aforementioned 15g.

    Thanks for the tip!

    Adam
     
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