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post #81 of 85 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 08:08 PM
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Re: New 47 gallon column planted build

Well I was really just asking because I use RO water and it really messes with the plants. It lacks all the nutrients in tap water so I have to start dosing more stuff than just Excel lol. Pretty crazy stuff.

You dont need to use RO, just keep using what youre using.
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Ok cool I thought I read some where before that tap was actually better for planted tanks. And with my old unfiltered tank I used to top of every once in a while with out using and conditioners
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Ok it will be a week tomorrow that I started dosing. I do my water changes on Saturday or Sunday depending on my work schedule. I think I'm gonna try to stock to Sundays now since I'm dosing to be more consistent. I think in the week the plants have stayed looking more greener and my lilly pads have been a really nice red while growing out to the top. I now have 6 pads onto with the 7th about 3/4 up the water column. I was thinking of getting some water lettuce for the top but note that I have all these pads up top I might not need them. I've done 2 doses of the flourish at 3.5ml before today's dose. And been dosing 4ml of excel every day. The hair algae had thinned out but was still there but at least boring new was growing. I had bumped up lighting little longer again. So lights are fully on now 12pm-8pm. Today I did about a 50% water change and sticks up most of all the algae on plants but left good amount on the driftwood for the snails and cories to graze on. so I dosed a little more of the flourish. I did 4ml instead of the 3.5ml I was doing. I also did like the bottle says when doing greater then 40% water change dose at 5ml per 10 gallons so I dosed 23ml today and will go back to dosing 4ml every day. Surprisingly I didn't have any pearling at all this whole week so I might bump up excel to 5ml a day. That is also why I bumped up my full lighting time too. I think I'm still not getting enough spread front to back either still. So I've been thinking of either getting another marineland planted led light or getting a planted+ light so that way I can leave that on the 24 hr setting and have have this marineland light only come on say from like 1 or 2pm until about 7pm. If or when I do get another light I will put back on the glass lid to help defuse some of the extra light. That's it for now I'll be back with some pics of after the water change.
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This is a pic from a few days ago. I was sitting on the couch and actually saw almost all the cories together. There is 5 of the 6 all here scavenging. The 6th was climbing up and down the glass on the other side of the tank


Front full tank shop after water change


Left side full tank shot


Right side full tank shot. This is view from couch


Shot of the lamb chop rasboras schooling together. Best schoolers around I think. They stay like this all over the tank and I don't even have any big or semi aggressive fish in tank to make them school like that


And her goes 4 of the 8 tetras in there. These guys ate hard to get all together they do they're own thing but mostly they're usually at least 2 or 3 together at a time.
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Looks like you've gotten rid of your algae problem so far. The tank looks good. One issue with tall tanks is that you can't always get light to the bottom of the tank. Try doing some research on how much PAR you light fixtures are giving you. I know there are some PAR charts that say how much the lights give at certain lengths. PAR is Photosinthetically Active Radiation. That's basically the amount of usable light by plants. I know Amazon sells some but I wouldn't reccomend you buy one unless you're going balls deep into the whole light business.

You don't NEED to get your actual PAR, you can just look online like I said. Just look for your lights specific readings and see if it is good enough for your plants. Some lights can't even penetrate deeper than 18". Thankfully my fishtank is about 9 inches so I don't have much to worry about as far as PAR goes.

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