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Starting a NON CO2 tank

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by Amitava Chakraborty, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Amitava Chakraborty

    Amitava Chakraborty Junior Poster

    Oct 25, 2005
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    I am going to make my 2'/1'/1' tank to a non co2 planted tank. This will have golssotigma,rotala roudofolia, java moss and anubius nana. I will cover almost 50% area of the tank with those plants initially.

    The substrate will have 'Prodac humus' as a thin base layer and natural 1-2mm gravel as the main substrate. Because I can not have othere than AZOO substrate and Florabase as a commercial substrate only here in India. Should I change the gravel substrate to one of those commercial substrate ?

    The tank will have 48 watt cfl as lighiting without reflector. (Should I change this ?)

    Can you guys tell me that what the fert routine should I follow ?

    I will top up with municipal water weekly.

    Somebody suggesting me that I should have a good surface movement in a non co2 tank. What is your opinion regarding that ?

  2. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Re: Starting a NON CO2 tank

    I'd use a simple Hagen HOB style filter, nothing special and perhaps a 150 gal flow rate.

    Lighting is too high, 40+w on a 15 gal tank is well over the mark, shoot for 30 watts of standard FL lighting.

    The substrate choice you have is suitable. I think you will have a tough time with Gloss unless you plant the tank well.

    I'd suggest no less than a very dense 75% initial planting.
    You can remove plants later, but the first 1-2 months, plant heavy.
    Also, any and all algae eaters you can add, should be done soon.

    I would also add some java fern and some floating plant of some sort.
    The flow from the filter can corral the floating plants into a certain region(the one without the rooted plants).

    To grow Gloss and some of the other plants, I suggest adding a little Ca/Mg once a week, as well as a little KNO3/KH2PO4.

    Tom Barr

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