Originally Posted by bhavik95
Oh that's weird because I had a look online and on tropica and other website it says that it's a medium to high light
By left alone you mean?
Also I saw the picture of the tank you uploaded on here and I saw that your Amazon swords have literally reached the top, just wondering how you managed to do that? As this has never happened with me
Hi sorry but I don't understand PAR ratings I did have a look online but didn't really understand it not really had a look too much into light. Just really got with the lighting that came with the tank
If you guys say it doesn't take much to grow i'll give it a shot I just hate wasting money if it doesn't grow :/
As for the hottonia palatrius plant would that be able to go in my setup?
Left alone I mean not moved from one place to another. New cutting are fine to be planted anywhere though.
For every example in this hobby there is a counter claim or example. Plants just need the right balance based on their requirements. What suits one plant may not suit the one planted next to it so while Tropica says one thing there will always be someone else who says otherwise. There's no rule set in stone and plant health can be achieved many different ways.
My amazon swords are another example of this. I swear by a soil substrate. I added lots of red clay. As the substrate becomes anaerobic over time this enables plants to use lots of iron. I had a wealth of micro nutrients and added co2
and liquid carbon. Swords love the stuff. I wasn't overly religious with water changes and a was sporadic with macro dosing. The pH would drop to 5.9 at the height of co2
injection and a had a no filter media in the canister filter. I let the plants do the filtering. TDS
was up yet this is when my shrimp began to carry eggs. I had ottos then and I still have them now.
Most of these practices would be frowned upon. Low pH, no biological filter media, lack of water changes, TDS
creep, lazy nutrient dosing etc but the tank was speaking for itself. I was pulling out plants like this.
This plant you can see here on the right in the middle. Look at the lower leaves when it was first planted the notice the size increase as it adapts to the co2
and closer to the light.
The more I stopped messing the healthier the tank became. Co2
was the key. Lots of gas injection and liquid dosing. The nutrients were mainly being supplied by the soil, fish and fish food then buffered every few days with a macro dose. A hybrid tank if you like a cross between high and low energy methods. I don't believe in high light plants. Only plants that require more co2
or are naff at competing. Others couldn't care less. Anubias, most crypts, bicarbonate users like vals etc.
The liquid co2
will help the swords.
Do you have a full tank shot?