06-02-2012, 12:48 AM #1
Low tech-ish planted tank question
Iíve always preferred my planted tanks with easier to care for plants that required mid to low light. I donít like using CO2 (tried DIY once) and I donít like having to use a lot of (if any) ferts. Iím currently not using any CO2 and I am not adding any ferts to the water, only using root tabs. So I must say, Iím taken back a little by the growth of my vals. They are taking over my tank. Iíve already removed a lot of them and they just keep growing and growing. I donít want to remove the vals as I love the more natural look it gives when there is not too many of them
I think itís mostly due to having a lot of fluorite mixed in the substrate, root tabs, and higher lighting levels of 6700K light. Right now I have a 4 bulb T5 fixture with only two bulbs on for 9 hours and all 4 bulbs are on for only 4 hours of that. Iím thinking about reducing the lighting to slow down the growth by only using 2 bulbs for 8 hours.
What would you guys think
Youíll have to excuse the diatoms in this tank as we get silicates in our water supply every spring around here so I get a small diatom outbreak every May/June that lasts for a few weeks. This one should be gone soon so Iím really not worried about it.
Last edited by Cliff; 06-02-2012 at 12:54 AM.
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