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*help* trying to build a plant tank

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by kura-kura, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. kura-kura

    kura-kura New Member

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    i have an aquarium and i m planing to put dwarf hairgrass carpet. what are the requirement? what are the substrate that i need to buy in order to plant it? and what do i need to make it a carpet? i am also planing to put java moss and marimo balls inside and more recommendation or feedbacks?
     
  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Carpet plants love fertilized soils like ADA Aquasoil.
    Starting with it you will need at least 0,5watt/Liter Lightning power and nice filter turnover of 10x tank volume, pressurized co2 and micro and macro fertilizers.
    Sounds easy? ;)
     
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  3. kura-kura

    kura-kura New Member

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    sound hard.. but don worrie i will try my best
     
  4. John N.

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    Here's some information from our Plantpedia about Eleocharis parvula (Dwarf Hairgrass).

    Basically, it's an easy plant to grow if you give it good lights, CO2, and a nutrient rich substrate like ADA aquasoil mentioned above. Depending on your setup, the general starting base is about 2.0 watts per gallon to start.

    You can get away with growing it under lower light conditions but it will grow slowly.

    -John N.
     
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  5. John N.

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    Oh. I'm not really a fan of moss balls either as they can get messy after awhile.

    -John N.
     
  6. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, I don't get why people like them they're such ugly things.
    As well meaning as John is, I think it's best to go for 2x t5 rather than 2wpg, following the wpg rule it's very easy to over egg how much light you have and not even realise. If you want a hairgrass carpet you don't even need that much light co2 is the most important thing.
    http://translate.google.co.uk/trans...F6&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=imvnso
     
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  7. kura-kura

    kura-kura New Member

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    Thanks alot off to but the materiel now :) very informative (y)
     
  8. kura-kura

    kura-kura New Member

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    btw example i have a 10 gallon must i have a 100 gallon filter?
     
  9. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Not necessarily but it will make your life a whole lot easier, we use big turnovers for a reason, plants love flow and the more light you have the more co2 and flow you need.
     
  10. CatfishSoupFTW

    CatfishSoupFTW Aspiring Aquascaper

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    ah, the feeling of learning. I remember starting out and learning all this. It was exciting. Still is now, as I learn every day. haha, anyway, if you have the budget you will see that ADA products go a long way, but if not, in my opinion, a good co2 setup, decent lights and substrate can go a loooonnggg way. Im really lacking the co2 atm. that is def. my next purchase sometime soon. I feel that co2 for sure should be a priority, as is a good filter. They last a long time, so investing in a good one from the start is a bonus. some people say 6x -10x turnover. But no need to start the great debate. keep us posted!
     
  11. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Some investments are necessary and will save you money on the long term.
    Better to wait a little longer until you start your project then to realize you have done something wrong.
     
  12. kura-kura

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    okok i will try my best... fingers cross;)
     

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