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  1. Question Possible Substrate Trouble / Problem ...


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    okay gang - in need of some advice, yet again ...
    as of about 2 months ago or so - i migrated my fish into a new tank. all is okay there, so far so good.

    before making the investment in the substrate that i chose to go with (which i think looks beautiful) i searched around for comments / confirmation that it would be okay to go with if i were using live plants. the product is CaribSea Black Tahitian Moon Sand. ive upgraded the light in the tank, until i can invest in a T5 set-up (soon i hope), to T8. Forgot how many KV, but the person said it was definitely adequate for live plants.

    My intuition is telling me two things though ...
    1. that the lighting is still a factor to be dealt with - so im WILL be upgrading to T5 as soon as i can and ...

    2. My intuition is telling me that i could have decided on a more suitable substrate if i had dug a little deeper at the beginning. I love the look and the fishys seem to like it too BUT i was thinking if i should somehow start to introduce some Caribsea Eco-Complete somehow underneath it OR mixed up into it.
    i would like your thoughts on this AND how on earth would i go about it? (if its even at all advisable)
    Thank you all!

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    I think you are fine, plenty of people here just have sand and very nice plant growth. The Eco-complete will make things grow faster for sure but it isn't necessary. At this point in the game I wouldn't fool with it.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    [sigh of relief]
    thats good to hear!!
    thank you Compass for chiming in!!!
    (as well as for all that you contribute here)

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    If your plants need nutrients you can use root tabs.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    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.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    hi mommy1 !!
    didnt see u posted! i stumbled across mention of those somewhere during my reading around. i'd like to try and see if i can find some! do you have any in particular that you have tried? brand? a link maybe?
    thanks!!

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    Thanks!!! - steeler58 Happy Mother's Day! - Slaphppy7 For 7,000 posts!! - steeler58 Thanks for the rep!! - steeler58 For working with new fish keepers! Outstanding this month. - Taurus 
    Just Because - Surfdog A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 
    Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass 
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    I use the trace and total found at the bottom of this page http://www.aquariumplants.com/AquaFe...TEM_p/fert.htm

    They are cheaper than what you will find at the LFS and just as good for general ferts.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    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.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    If your plants need nutrients you can use root tabs.
    Yup! works for me and I do have a rather lush looking tank. Only thing with T8 is that you probably should stick with low to medium light plants

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    Thanks for that link mommy1. Helped me find better prices by a mile.

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    KevinVA gave me a couple dozen root tabs for free, which happens to be my favorite price
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    gonna be home in a little while - cant wait to have a look. ...

    @ talldutchie...
    im not having much luck finding a list of plants with pictures, care instructions / lighting requirements if you have anything like that bookmarked or have any better luck than me please post.
    thanks all for the feedback!

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