rio 400 1st attempt at planted tank

Discussion in 'Journals' started by paul.stopher, 14 Nov 2009.

  1. paul.stopher

    paul.stopher Newly Registered

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    Location:
    Surrey UK
    Hi. Could I possibly get some feed back on my planted tank set up and fert dosing.
    I’ve been up and running for about 5 Months and most things seem to be going well. Except DIY CO2 stability and thread aglae affecting some of the stems.

    Tank- Rio 400 (350l)
    Filtration- Juwel internal no carbon and Rena Filstar XP3
    Water- 50-50 RO, tap ph 6.8 gh 4-5
    Lighting- 2x36w T8 8hrs a day
    CO2- DIY changed every 2wks. Drop checker showing Yellow in the morning and green by lights out.
    Substrate- Tropica plant sub topped with sand

    Macro Solution-33g Potassium Nitrate 7.2g Potassium Phosphate
    250ml Water
    Trace Solution-10gChelated Trace Element
    250mlWater

    Dosing- Sun 25% water change.
    Sun tues thurs Macro 20ml.
    Mon Wed Fri Trace 10ml
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    Any advice greatfully received.

    Thanks Paul
     
  2. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    Location:
    Thelwall, Warrington
    The tank looks good and healthy well done, i would add in some midground plants and some much taller background plants to give the tank more depth! :D
     
  3. arty

    arty Member

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    Advice :D LOL
    I have my tank full with diatoma with all expensive co2 automatic ph controller e.g. :D
    Your tank is more as OK, very nice and healthy
     
  4. arty

    arty Member

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    If my calculations right on 400 Litres You have very high macro levels
    Nitrate 4ppm dayly or 28ppm weekly
    Phosphate dayly 0.8ppm or weekly 5.6ppm

    How long time You dose and no any problems ?
    Did You any Livestock ?
     
  5. sanj

    sanj Member

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    Location:
    Coventry, UK
    Was just thinking, RIO 400 is 150x50x60cm = 450 litres gross. So i guess 350 ~ 80%, accounting for hardscape water level etc, so yup. Just writing as I think... lol
     

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