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Beginner fert help please...

Hufsa

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I'll post some pics when I get it all done but, plants don't ship until next Monday so it will likely be towards the end of next week...
Ill let it slide for this time but make sure it does not happen again 😠 😉:lol:

Agreed - this a low-tech with all easy plants. One (1) complete fertilizer such as APT 3 or Tropica Specialized following the instruction on the bootle should suffice.
However I must apologise @FISHnLAB , im not sure what happened but I had misunderstood if your tank was a CO2-injected or a non CO2-injected tank.
I could have sworn I saw a bottle under the tank and some slim tubing, but when I read @MichaelJ 's comment I realized I never actually confirmed this with you.
If youre indeed not using CO2 injection at this point then suggested APT dose should have you covered, as this fert (both APT Complete and EI) are designed to cover CO2-injected tanks and their relatively higher demand.
 

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ut when I read @MichaelJ 's comment I realized I never actually confirmed this with you.
The thing under the tank is obviously the kerosene heater for the tank! tsk tsk... :lol: .... I didn't even notice it to be honest, I just assumed :)

Cheers,
Michael
 

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Ill let it slide for this time but make sure it does not happen again 😠 😉:lol:
😂
However I must apologise @FISHnLAB , im not sure what happened but I had misunderstood if your tank was a CO2-injected or a non CO2-injected tank.
I could have sworn I saw a bottle under the tank and some slim tubing, but when I read @MichaelJ 's comment I realized I never actually confirmed this with you.
No, this tank is Not using CO2. It is about as high tech as it can get other then that though for such a small tank. The slim tubing you see is coming from an air pump and going to a small air stone at the back left of the tank by the Mondo Grass. The white thing is a valve to adjust the flow. I'm running that and a 3-Stage Internal Power with a very low flow rate due to my pal Chester the betta. Between the two I have pretty good gas transfer.
If youre indeed not using CO2 injection at this point then suggested APT dose should have you covered, as this fert (both APT Complete and EI) are designed to cover CO2-injected tanks and their relatively higher demand.
Ok, if my Nitrate and Phosphate levels don't come up by the end of the water change period again this week then what should I do?
 

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The thing under the tank is obviously the kerosene heater for the tank! tsk tsk... :lol: .... I didn't even notice it to be honest, I just assumed :)

Cheers,
Michael
Bahaha, you guys are hilarious😂.

It is an old heat lamp fixture I had from a Terrarium housing a Uromastyx Ocellata(Rusty) many years ago. I stuck a cheap Noma LED Full Spectrum Grow bulb in it as a make shift propagation tank while I await my new 90. I needed somewhere to put all the leftovers and clippings after I converted this 3 Gallon to planted. In hindsight, I probably should have just sprung for a cheap tank setup but, I used what I had on hand lol. It's definitely a bit Frankenstein🤖 but, for some reason I kind of like it😊...
 

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Bahaha, you guys are hilarious😂.

It is an old heat lamp fixture I had from a Terrarium housing a Uromastyx Ocellata(Rusty) many years ago. I stuck a cheap Noma LED Full Spectrum Grow bulb in it as a make shift propagation tank while I await my new 90. I needed somewhere to put all the leftovers and clippings after I converted this 3 Gallon to planted. In hindsight, I probably should have just sprung for a cheap tank setup but, I used what I had on hand lol. It's definitely a bit Frankenstein🤖 but, for some reason I kind of like it😊...

Hey @FISHnLAB, you are a great addition to the forum! 👍

Cheers,
Michael
 

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Ill let it slide for this time but make sure it does not happen again 😠 😉:lol:
Well, looks like you won't have to wait so long Hufsa, my Rotala & RR Floater just shipped so it will be here Thursday at the latest. Perfect, right in time for water change day😁.
 

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Well, that was quick. These are from the only in-vitro aquatic plant producer in Canada apparently. I wanted to try them in anticipation of the new tank build. Planting now...

Edit:As pointed out by Michael J, there are other in-vitro plant breeders in the US too.
 

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There, how's that look?
 

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These are from the only in-vitro aquatic plant producer in North America apparently.
Hi @FISHnLAB ,

Not quite:

Aquarium Plants Factory from California, USA

Aquatic Arts from Indiana, USA

I am sure there are more, but these are the ones I have bought plants from in the past. Never bought In-vitro / tissue cultures though.

Congrats and good luck with your plants! 👍


Cheers,
Michael
 

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Hi @FISHnLAB ,

Not quite:

Aquarium Plants Factory from California, USA

Aquatic Arts from Indiana, USA

I am sure there are more, but these are the ones I have bought plants from in the past. Never bought In-vitro / tissue cultures though.

Congrats and good luck with your plants! 👍


Cheers,
Michael
Sorry, it was in Canada I believe, not North America...

Thanks👍.
 

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It's so bare at the back now. And, on to the waiting... Lol
 

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LOL Yep, this hobby is not conducive to the mentality of instant gratification!

Your tank look really nice! I like that center piece wood.

Cheers,
Michael
Yep definitely not😂. I have never been the most patient person either so maybe this hobby will be beneficial to me in more ways then one lol.

Seeing the slow progress prompted me to throw out my start with low tech plan for my new tank. It will be getting CO2 and a pH controller to run it right off the hop now lol. I'm sure I'll get tired of trimming eventually but, I can always turn off the bottle...

Thanks Michael. It is spider wood I got off of Amazon. I boiled it with some red moor wood(I believe) to give it a more reddish hue and it worked out nicely. I have a bunch more pieces currently soaking in anticipation of my new build. I'm going to use Mountain Stone and that same wood for my big tank too...

Any pics of your tanks?
 

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Hey guys, the new growth on my Hygrophilia Difformis is coming in very light and almost white and see through in places. The pics make it look better then in real life(it actually quite a bit worse in person)...
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Also, the new growth on my in-vitro Rotala Rotundifolia is looking off too(short, fat, and light green)...
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Iron deficiency? Maybe because of high calcium leaching from my Mountain Stone? ATP 3 use EDTA Iron I'm guessing? What do you think? Suggested course of action? Thanks guys👍.
 

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Also, my Rotala Green... Should I top it now and replant the new growth, to get rid of the bad parts, to prevent access organic waste or wait longer? It was in rough shape due my failures when originally planting it in clumps(it almost died completely but, I saved it) but, now it seams to be growing ok(you tell me lol)...
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I transplanted some tops into a beaker and they are dojng well too. As is the small garden I'm propagating...
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Hey guys, the new growth on my Hygrophilia Difformis is coming in very light and almost white and see through in places. The pics make it look better then in real life(it actually quite a bit worse in person)...
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Also, the new growth on my in-vitro Rotala Rotundifolia is looking off too(short, fat, and light green)...
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Iron deficiency? Maybe because of high calcium leaching from my Mountain Stone? ATP 3 use EDTA Iron I'm guessing? What do you think? Suggested course of action? Thanks guys👍.
Rotala looks perfect to me, plants have different forms to adapt to conditions. I can’t see much wrong with the hygrophila either, I think you’re fine. A top down shot for the hygro may help.
 

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Here is an updated tank pic too for anyone interested. I'm about to do my weekly water change and maintenance...
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I was going to wait for my big tank build but, I am now considering a Journal for this one as I could really use help from you kind folks on a regular basis. I'm reading and trying to learn as much as I can everyday but, as you know, there is just so much to learn. Think a Journal is a good idea?
 
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