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  1. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    Yeah, the one LED strip that the Flex 123L comes supplied with is perfect for low light. If you want medium light then there is the option to add a second LED strip. With the smaller Flex tanks the LED lighting supplied is already meant to be enough for medium light. This is so that those who...
  2. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    The plants I am looking at ordering are from a guy running a Facebook group “World of Mosses”, he gets very good comments and seems to give good value and healthy plants. The fish I am looking at getting from www.tropco.co.uk they seem legit and have all the fish I am after. The tank was on...
  3. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    Guess I’m just not that old fashioned. Economical to me is trying to do something the least wasteful way. In answer to your question - both. It’s a symbiotic relationship.
  4. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    Neither am I! :lol: Not sure what that has to do with being economical though?
  5. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    I’m using black sand with root fertiliser added. I don’t have any other fish tanks. Water changes are not a problem. I will be doing 50% weekly anyway to reset the nutrients in the water but more is no problem. The tank is 32.5 gallon. It’s 32.5” x 15.75” x 15.35”. These are the plants I...
  6. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    I’m used to adding them all at once as I normally do a fishless cycle. Another reason for wanting to add them all at once is because I have to order them online. I don’t have transport to get to an LFS. With the expensive delivery costs when ordering livestock online it makes economic sense...
  7. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    Thanks for the reply. I understand the nitrification process and that plants take up ammonia, it’s just that I’ve never not cycled a tank before adding fish. This relying on the plants bit is what I’m not clear on and whether they would support a full fish load, like fishless cycling does.
  8. Mark.A

    Heavy planting equals no cycle?

    I have had a few people tell me that you don't need to cycle a planted tank if you plant heavily. I have a question about this - if I plant heavily should I be able to add all my fish at once? ...and they won't suffer any ammonia / nitrite poisoning?
  9. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Thanks Tim. Yeah, with regards the Anubias, I will be. I've had a lot of Anubias before and it will be low down/shaded. They will be mostly around the outer edges of the scape and across the bottom.
  10. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Thanks, good to know. Never tried it before. There's plenty more to choose from though! ;)
  11. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Yeah, I can see how that could be annoying. Fertiliser is fertiliser as far as I know, they're all pretty much the same thing whether it's a commercial product or DIY. The only difference to me is convenience, which you are paying quite heavily for with the commercial products compared to DIY...
  12. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Okay. I am aware. Never had anyone tell me different but good to know. :thumbup:
  13. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    I'm going to try my best! :) The recommended dose of TNC Complete for low light tanks is 1ml per day per 50 litres. I can get 5 litres of TNC Complete for £49.99. 5 litres will last 5000/10 -> 500 days. Even if I double the dose to 2ml per day, to make sure enough nutrients are being dosed...
  14. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    I will be trying it without the fast growing stems. I have some ideas on the light, see below reply to Tim. Good to know that some fast growing stems would be possible if I do end up having to add some. I do plan on not adding them though and will be trying my hardest not to add them! I...
  15. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Thanks for the advice everyone! :) I'll have a look at the links/guides but I think I'm less doubtful now that it would be a problem, which is much appreciated. I'm sure I'll have something else to pick your brains about soon though! ;)
  16. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Thinking about it... I'm sure I can remember, in the dim and distant past of my early days of planted tank keeping, having tanks without CO2 and stems that still grew okay, if not particularly fast. Pretty sure I didn't have any bad algae issues either. I just did weekly 50% water changes. We...
  17. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    That is certainly a possibility I had thought of, they could be kept permanently down there if they were needed. It's the part about whether they will be needed or not that I'm not sure about. I think it may be fine without fast growing plants, I'm just not sure. I know it seems a daft thing to...
  18. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Agreed. I'm fine with a small showing of some algae, so long as nothing gets a hold. I'm just not sure if large, regular water changes along with plenty of nutrients will be enough to keep the algae at bay.
  19. Mark.A

    Feasibility query

    Hey all, I have a good amount of experience and knowledge of planted tanks but I have a query about my plans for my next planted tank which I am not sure of the answer to, so I figured I'd pick your brains and see if I can get a definitive answer. First off I'll explain what I'm wanting to do...
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