newbie first time buying plants

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by miggsy, 5 Sep 2008.

  1. miggsy

    miggsy Newly Registered

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    Hi All

    I now have everything in place ready to buy the plants can someone run there eye over them to see if i have made any newbie mistakes

    1-limnophillia aromatica
    2-ludwiga repens
    3-hygrophilia compacta
    4-ludwiga glandulosa
    5-cryptocoryne wendtii tropica
    6-hemianthus callitrichoides
    7-didiplis diandra
    8-heteranthera zosterifolia
    9-anubias nana

    Tank specs as follows

    3foot x18x15 4x39w arcadia over lamp two lamps on 10hrs then the other two for a two hour burst midday

    fluval 304 external,hydor 300w heater,pressurised co2 5kg bottle sea chem flourite substrate with sand on top

    i think thats it

    cheers

    Mike
     
  2. aaronnorth

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    all good. but what are dosing for nutrients?
     
  3. miggsy

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    havent bought them yet but havent a clue what im getting

    so any recomendations
     
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    viewtopic.php?f=34&t=1211

    have a look here. the only other product i would reccomend is tropica plant nutrition (or the 'plus' version)
     
  5. miggsy

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    cheers Aaron

    So do i do both or either one because i feel a bit scared with the dry powder way

    Cheers

    Mike
     
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    only do one. what dont you like about the dry powders?
     
  7. miggsy

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    trying to get my head round it really

    i might start off with the tpn+ then go with the dry powder way once i suss it out
     
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    here are the main bts of info that you could print off to help if you want:

    Elements required:

    KNO3 - Potassium Nitrate
    KH2PO4 - Potassium Phosphate (monobasic)
    Traces mix

    the following are optional:

    KH2SO4 - Potassium Sulphate (Sulphate of Potash) - normally enough potassium is added with the potassium nitrate and potassium phosphate but you can add more
    Magnesium Sulphate - add if your tap water is low in magnesium.
    GH Booster - If you have very low GH (less than 4degrees), this adds calcium & magnesium.


    How to prepare in solution: (they can be added in dry powder form which saves messing)

    Potassium Nitrate - 40g to 500ml of water and adding 10ml per 100L of water would give you a value of 5ppm.
    Potassium Phosphate - 15g to 500ml of water and adding 5ml per 100L of water would give you a value of 1ppm.
    Potassium Sulphate - 55g to 500ml of water and adding 10ml per 100L of water would give you a value of 5ppm
    Magnesium Sulphate - 70g to 500ml of water and add 50ml once a week per 100L of water - this would give a target of 7ppm.
    Trace mix - 15g to 250ml of water will give you similar levels as off the shelf products


    40-60 Gallons (152-227 litres)
    30ml solution or 1/2 tsp KNO3 3x a week
    18ml solution or 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 3x a week
    8ml solution or 1/8 tsp K2SO4 3x a week
    10ml or 1/8 tsp traces 3x a week
     

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