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Thread: The Balanced Planted Tank
05-07-2008, 12:24 PM #11
oh yeah, I notice that now... the edit button's gone for my earlier post! :)
01-11-2009, 06:47 PM #12
ILuvMyGoldBarb this a great article!
Very educational and well written.
I know its an old post but it should have been Stickied.
Great explanation for cyanobacteria and Co2 injection!
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01-11-2009, 06:55 PM #13
saved for when I get my planted tank going.
01-11-2009, 07:59 PM #14
06-28-2009, 08:25 PM #15
i kno this is old but this is a great article especially for first time plant people like myself
so well done and thank you
06-28-2009, 08:33 PM #16
06-28-2009, 10:23 PM #17
Awesome article GB!
Although, I would have to disagree that biomass is the best indicator of CO2 and nutrient requirements. That theory implies that all parts of a plant have the same energy requirement, in truth new growing leaves stems use more energy than a developed root system or rhizome.
The superior method would be measuring energy requirement in joules.
...then again, I suppose biomass would be the easiest for the aquarist to measure.
Besides that I agree with you completely, great article!
06-29-2009, 02:10 AM #18
Nick, you may want to go back to Tom Barr. :) He is the one who introduced me to the relationship between biomass and CO2 usage. ;)
08-26-2009, 06:07 AM #19
Thanks for the great information on proper plant balance. I am a complete newb to plants and just had a question. I know you may not be able to put a specific number on this question, but how many wpg is considered "low" enough, where nutrients and C02 shouldn't be added? I have a 10 gallon tank, planted with "easy" plants. (anubias, java fern, anacharis, marimo ball) I have a 26 watt CFL light custom setup over a glass canopy on the tank. As a result, it is roughly 2.6 wpg.....any advice would be helpful. Do I need the flourish stuff, excel, root tabs??? Or ride it out with nothing. It just has two GBRs in the tank. Thanks!
08-26-2009, 11:36 AM #20
0Originally Posted by Bur01014
As long as you have the right temperature/color (5500 or 6500k) they should do fine without ferts or co2. 2/3 of my tens have the same bulbs, and are planted pretty thickly. I do ferts but usually not co2 on those tanks, dont seem to need either for decent plant growth though. Probably the exact setup I would recommend for your first planted tank Great choice
Replace the bulbs around every 6 months