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Old 12-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Fertilizer or no fertilizer?

I have a ten gallon planted tank with eight fish. I was wondering if i should add any kind of nutrients for the plants or will the fish's waste take care of the nutrients that the fish will need to survive? Also will t10 tubular 15w incandescent bulb be ok for the plants or should i get a stronger light?
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Incandescent bulbs would not cut it for plants. You need a new fixture with florescent bulbs.

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Old 12-30-2013, 12:24 AM   #3
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Fertilizer or no fertilizer?

You don't necessarily need a new fixture. If you can fit some cfl's in the 6500k temp range into your sockets/hood you can grow a fair variety of plants in your tank
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:33 AM   #4
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This is really going to depend on the kinds of plants that you have in your tank? Do you happen to remember their names?
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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I wanted to jump in on the thread just because I had a similar question, plus more if you don't mind answering them since I am a newbie to planted tanks. Im looking at doing Java fern, Java Moss, Anubias Nana Petite, dwarf hair grass (may or may not), Elatine Triandra, Cryptocoryne wendtii, s. repens, blyxxa, and possibly Alternanthera Reineckii Mini, though may wait till more experienced for that one. Also open to suggestions on taller for the background. Right now my set up is the standard hood that comes with the Aqueon 10 gallon setup, but have replaced the incandescent with 2 10 watt fluorescents, though I am looking at replacing with a Finnex Fugeray.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:41 AM   #6
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The Java fern, Anubias, and the crypt wendi will be okay under that low a light. The other plants you mention would need higher light, a source of carbon, and the fertilizer regime. You can get by with out ferts for the Java fern and Anubias and give the crypt a root tab under it. I have seen some really beautiful lowlight tanks. When you do upgrade your lighting and get ready for more plants, you will definitely need to be looking at a carbon source and complete macro and micro fertilizer regime. Starting with a low light, low tech tank is a great way to get experience in planted tanks. I suggest you look up Jetajockey in here. He sells plants and is very experienced and could answer a lot of questions about plant species that would work for you. Learning about and growing the plants is as much fun and challenging as the fish. Good luck, post some pictures when you get all set up. OS.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:48 AM   #7
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The Java fern, Anubias, and the crypt wendi will be okay under that low a light. The other plants you mention would need higher light, a source of carbon, and the fertilizer regime. You can get by with out ferts for the Java fern and Anubias and give the crypt a root tab under it. I have seen some really beautiful lowlight tanks. When you do upgrade your lighting and get ready for more plants, you will definitely need to be looking at a carbon source and complete macro and micro fertilizer regime. Starting with a low light, low tech tank is a great way to get experience in planted tanks. I suggest you look up Jetajockey in here. He sells plants and is very experienced and could answer a lot of questions about plant species that would work for you. Learning about and growing the plants is as much fun and challenging as the fish. Good luck, post some pictures when you get all set up. OS.
Ok cool thanks for the info. Now with the lighting, you say its low lighting. With it being two 10 watt bulbs, is it considered 1 watt per gallon for a total of 10 watts, or considered 2 watts per gallon for a total of 20 watts? And is the Finnex Fugeray an ok light for planted tanks? Ive read reviews on it on amazon of people saying its worked great for them, but then I heard that about the Aqueon modular LED that I currently have on my 55, but was told in a thread that it wouldn't cut it. And Im actually friends with Jeta, very informative guy, just haven't heard much from him lately myself. Ill have to PM him on here or Facebook and see if he can't help my out a little as well.
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For screw in CFLs I use ZooMed UltraSuns.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:13 AM   #9
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For screw in CFLs I use ZooMed UltraSuns.
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Thanks for the Info, Ill look into them. I checked out a couple of your tanks, and they're beautiful. I had a question about substrate for you. I see you used Tahitian Moon Sand as a cap over Black Diamond Blasting Sand. Is there a specific reason you don't use just the Tahitian Moon Sand? I was thinking about laying down Eco Complete and capping with the Tahitian Moon Sand, but thats only because I hear that the Eco is supposed to hold nutrients longer.
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You don't necessarily need a new fixture. If you can fit some cfl's in the 6500k temp range into your sockets/hood you can grow a fair variety of plants in your tank
Hey Blueberry, so with what you said about lighting, would I be able to grow low to med light plants with this bulb, or just low light in a 10 gallon setup? Amazon.com: Zoo Med Ultra Sun Trichromatic Super Daylight 6500K Fluorescent Bulb T8 15 Watt, 18-Inch: Pet Supplies
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