"Monster growth"...

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Vito, 27 Feb 2009.

  1. Vito

    Vito Member

    Watford, Hertfordshire
    Hey guys, just been browsing some of the journals and I noticed the dates of pics and growth rates are phenomenal. I was under the impression my setup was pretty high-tech but I my HC doesn't seem to be sending shoots and also seems to be vanishing...

    My setup is a Juwel Rio 125.
    Substrate: ADA aquasoil Amazonia.
    Dosing dry ferts:
    1/4 tsp KNO3 3x a week
    1/16 tsp KH2PO4 3x a week
    1/16 tsp traces 3x a week
    Maintenance: 50% water change weekly, Weekly trim of old leaves and algae, filter maintenance once a month.
    CO2: Pressurized co2 2kg FE, Dropchecker is on lime green/yellow. Dose easycarbo every other day, Rhinox 2000 Diffuser, under inlet. comes one 2 hours before lights and off one hours before light out.
    Filtration: Tetratec EX1200.
    Heater: Hydor External 300W @ 27 degrees.
    Spraybar on the back of the tank facing forward using 3 lengths and inlet in back right corner.
    Lighting: 4xT8 Arcadia freshwater lamps 9 hours a day.
    Eleocharis Vivipara
    Eleocharis Acicularis
    Blyxa Japonica
    Hemianthus callitrichoides

    Is there anything in my setup that might be hindering my growth? I have reason to believe that my shoal of Redeye tetras are eating my HC this could explain its disappearance. I feed my fish once a day I have 35 Green neons, 11 Redeye Tetras, 4 Otto's, 2 SEA's (juveniles) and many, many cherry shrimp. Might the lack of feeding cause them to eat my HC... please help guys, i am desperate fora HC carpet, I don't want to keep buying more of it so it can be munched...

  2. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

    newark notts.
    i suspect it's your lighting. you say T8?...what wattage are we talking?
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    4 x T8 is plenty to get good growth. I had a very similar setup for years with my Rio 125.

    With the HC, of course, you need to eliminate it from being eaten before you can succeed with it.

    HC isn't the fastest of growers and takes a while to adapt before growth starts in earnest. Is it shaded by anything? Is there plenty of water circulation down there?

    How are the other plants doing?
  4. Vito

    Vito Member

    Watford, Hertfordshire
    No shading... the other plants are doing well I mean Dwarf hairgrass is spreading nicely I just suppose im impatient. I think a frequen feed is on the cards so my HC doesn't become a snack...

    Thanks for the advice.


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