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Thread: Dosing questions.
06-23-2013, 01:25 AM #11
I'm sure talldutchie or some other plant guru will be along to help.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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07-28-2013, 08:41 PM #12
I certainly agree on changing the light now. I have experimented considerably with tubes over several years, and there are a couple problems with the so-called Aquarium or plant tubes like Aqua-Glo. First, they put out about half the intensity of better tubes like the Life-Glo. Second, they lack the green light, which some still say isn't needed but studies have shown that it does result in improved plant growth. Diana Walstad surmises that it may be the more intense light (green adds brightness) but whatever the reason, it does. Tubes with a Kelvin between 5000K and 7000K work best, with those around 6500K being ideal. All else being equal, plants will grow better under this light.
And as someone mentioned, tubes do give out fast, usually within 12-18 months. I have found that the less expensive "Daylight" tubes like the GE 6500K begin to noticeably (to the plants) give out at 12 months, while the more expensive tubes like the Life-Glo last to 18 months. As you have a single tube over this tank, I would highly recommend the Life-Glo tube or for one equally as good for a bit less money, the ZooMed Ultra-Sun. The Life-Glo is 6700K, the ZooMed is 6500K. I use the Life-Glo over all my single tube tanks.
To your original question, Flourish Comprehensive can be dosed once a week, about 1/2 teaspoon in your 10g. I personally would not dose iron individually. And I would get a timer for the light; a regular period of light/dark is best for plants and fish. You haven't mentioned GH yet, and this is important for the "hard" minerals, but with the plant species mentioned this is not an issue if the water is soft, though it might if it is hard. And last, as others mentioned, any changes or disturbance to crypts usually (but not always) results in the crypt melt. The leaves turn to a pile of mush; leave the roots alone, vacuum out the mush, and the plants normally re-grow leaves.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Byron; 07-28-2013 at 08:44 PM.