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  1. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    i think its just part of the soil mineralising to be fair. my water actually went slightly yellow at 1st .my soil has been in about 10 days now and had a few water changes in that time . lqst water hange was friday , planted it last night and water seems clear now . still going to add the...
  2. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    so plants coming tomorrow . the new soil is still putting a slight haze in the water , so its big water change this evening . got some purigen coming with the plants too which should help watef clarity whilst things with the soil settle .
  3. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    tjanks , i figured it would probably be the case . plants should be orded thursday , lots of em too . will prob do 50% watwrchange every other day in the mean time , then once planted test daily a d waterchange as appropriate until things settle down
  4. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    oops , typo . meant cm :lol:
  5. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    so the soil has been in 24 hours now . water was crystal clear when i filled the tank , but now has a very slight haziness to it , along with quite a surface film . also im seeing the odd little bubbld here and there pop up out of the substrate . small bubbles say 2 to 3 mm . hopefully this is...
  6. plantnoob

    So i soiled myself

    Well yesterday i got a bee in my bonnet and thought sod waiting for ebay , went to b and q and got a bag of verve aquatic compost . Drained the tank down took out the sand , in with the soil and capped with about 2 cm of sand . Timer plug for lights is here too. Hoping to be able to order plants...
  7. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    Theres no reflectors on the tank i was just debating wether or not to buy some. I think i might just leave it for the 1st few weeks and see how things develop
  8. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    so i can soil it , plant it and just keep testing until the ammonia and nitrite says i can add fish ? hell im liking this low tech approach already and i havent even started yet ! 1 more question for now , re lighting . the tubes on this tank are pretty old and crappy looking , covered in a...
  9. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    no fish will be added until im getting zero for both ammonia and nitrite . a plus side of this waiting period is that plants will have a chance get well rooted . at what reading of ammonia would you reccomend a waterchange when its just plants ?
  10. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    Nope no fish yet . Filters will be seeded with mature media too which should help too .
  11. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    Will i need to be doing daily water changes to start with ?
  12. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    intensity wise its a fluval roma 240 and i will be using the standard lights , being 2x40w t8 no reflectors . duration wise im thinking 6 hours fir the 1st 2 weeks , 7 hours week 3 and then 8 hours from week 4 onwards .
  13. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    right wobble over plans back on track . 20L bag of aqua soil ( aquatic compost not ada) ordered from ebay . as soon as that arrives il get the tank drained , playsand out , soil in and cap with sand . going to have another read through the soil tank tutorial laternthis evening , but if i plant...
  14. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    Probably just a wobble because of how badly the last effort ended! Just want to make sure i get it right this time
  15. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    So valis and carbon from the soil it is then
  16. plantnoob

    A few soil tank questions

    Right so having slept on it ive decided that im going to just go gor it and do a soil substrate tank . The playsand will be coming out , soil going in and a little bit of the sand back in as a cap. with the slower growth in low techs i was going to use liquid carbon to boost growth . But does...
  17. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    but with the plants having acces to unlimited co2 during that period wouldnt you get a lot of die off when you flood it and suddenly starve them of it ? im actually giving serious thought to just biting the bullet , getting some aquatic compost , draining the tank down putting it in , capping...
  18. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    2 bags of sand already washed and added . i did read on here somewhere about mineralising the soil in the oven . now the missus has put up with a lot with me and my tanks over the years , but dirt in the oven? testicles and blunt knife spring to mind !!
  19. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    1 of the reasons i chose aqua essentials . from what i remember not only is the quality spot on , but you got a good ammount in each pot so plenty of plant massmfor your money
  20. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    ive also deliberately chosen easy plants too . nothing that needs too much care
  21. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    yeah i will no doubt need help along the way going on last times efforts mate . 30 kg of sand being washed and added today . this is the 1 side of the hobby where success eludes me . hopefully this time the fact that im going low light wilk help that change
  22. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    ordered some substrate capsules from aquarium plant food , tomorrow il pick up a couple of bags of sand , then once the timer plug ive ordered on fleabay turns up il be ordering plants
  23. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    i lack the knowledge to use dry salts and mix up my own . the neutro+ supposedly contains micro and macro , and aqua essentials is a site i trust . ive seen aquariumplantfood do a complete liquid fert too which may be worth lookung at
  24. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    plan is daily dosing with neutro co2 and neutro+ with root tabs under the swords etc as well . where im at right now is ive got the tank , lights , filtration etc . just need substrate , plants , ferts et .
  25. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    how about just playsand and root tabs? would this compact too much and lead to failiure?
  26. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    ok i see. typicly how long does this leeching last for ?
  27. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    thanks for the link jose .
  28. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    the AE website says 5ml per 50L daily for neutro+ . does the pond soil leech ammonia?
  29. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    i was planning on using neutro co2 and either neutro t or neutro+ from aqua essentials .
  30. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    tank plan is ive just picked up a 2nd hand roma 240 . looking at using the standard t8 lighting and trying out a low light setup using liquid carbon and an all in 1 liquid fert . simpke plants such as aponogetons , swords , anubias java fern etc maybe some moss but with chrimbo on the horizon i...
  31. plantnoob

    is there such a thing?

    as a cheap aquatic compost that doesnt need mineralising and doesn leech ammonia in the early stages of use ? something i can cap with playsand . i was looking at using just playsand and root tabs , but worry that it will compact too much at the required depth.
  32. plantnoob

    how is this for plant choice ?

    thanks mate .
  33. plantnoob

    how is this for plant choice ?

    ive got some hygrophila corymbosa in the tank at the moment , which seems to be ok since removing the co2 , so i can keep that . maybe some cardomine lyrata as well ? thanks for the heads up re the aponogeton mick . i will try and find a crispus instead .
  34. plantnoob

    how is this for plant choice ?

    can they not be controlled like echinodorus , by removing the largest leaves ?
  35. plantnoob

    lighting advice needed

    ive had a little play around with the hood configuration , and managed to get it so that a single tube sits central , giving even light throughout the tank . so im going to just stick with the single 24w t5 tube . soil etc will be ordered tonight then once that is all set up and ready il order...
  36. plantnoob

    how is this for plant choice ?

    looking on aqua essentials for some plants to go in the impending soil substrate tanks . so far ive come up with these . cardamine lyrata , rotala rotundifolia , echinodorus bleheri , anubias ( nana , petite and afzellii) , crypts ( petchi , willissii and bullosa ) , java moss , aponogeton...
  37. plantnoob

    lighting advice needed

    my problem is exactly the same .
  38. plantnoob

    lighting advice needed

    good idea , il drop him a message . i seem to remember something along the lines of 1wpg t5 or 1.5wpg t8 . with an impending holiday to pay for im restricted to using the money from the co2 sale to finance the switch . i really dont want to be using most of it to swap lighting if avoidable . im...
  39. plantnoob

    lighting advice needed

    its a fluval roma 125 , 80x35x45cm 125 liters . not planning on using any liquid carbon
  40. plantnoob

    lighting advice needed

    with my co2 gear as good as sold , i will be converting to a soil substrate tank very soon . im not sure the best way to go with regards to lighting though . the current light unit i have got will allow me to either have 1x24w t5 or 2x24w t5 . problem i can see with that are that with 1 tube...
  41. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    i will deffinately be after an aponogeton crispus , some more anubias , an echinodorus ozelot "green" , some microsorium , egeria densa and some moss . not sure what else . not really wanting to do crypts , although i might try a few . will have a look into the others in your list for sure ...
  42. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    i was thinking more along the lines of a couple of big echinodorus mother plants , and then loads of small plants . going to try and find something other than crypts though
  43. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    im also thinking not to ever put the 2nd t5 tube back in , but instead to get a t8 ballast so it will be 2x20w t8 . 1.2wpg in old money :) edit: t8 tubes the right length for my roma 125 seem to all be 25w , so would be 1.5wpg t8
  44. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    thanks , ive bookmarked that . will come in handy when the time comes
  45. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    well that was such an inspiring article you wrote troi , that i have made it official and placed my co2 gear up for sale . i have a question re the mineralisation of the soil though . i already have the tank running with fish . could i do the mineralisation in a bucket so i can keep my fish ...
  46. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    thanks for the great advice troi . now that i am over the initial p---ed off feeling i had last night , i am actually relishing the thought of going low tech . the more i read , the more it appeals , especially with my highly eratic work schedule .until recently i had always kept cichlids , and...
  47. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    ive got my 1400lph circulation pump going in there , but not at full chat .
  48. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    , thank you , although i am down i am not out . i will still have a nice planted tank , but il do it the slower low tech way . lights are fixed into the hood , so i cant raise them , but i will remove 1 tube and cut the photoperiod down for the initial transition. am i right in thinking that i...
  49. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    ideally id be starting from scratch , but i just gotta try and run with it as ive got it for now . ie use the existing ada amazonia . as luck would have it i had only taken out and washed half of it , so i have stopped that . fortunately all the plants ive got should do ok in a low tech.
  50. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    did it as a precaution due to hair algae at substrate level when high tech . syphoned off the top layer and washing the rsst to remove as many algae spores as possible . i can always put some root tabs in to boost nutrients back up
  51. plantnoob

    urgent help needed , forced switch to low tech

    been fighting co2 for ages now , and had been considering going low tech anyway . algae infestations etc doing my head in . whilst just fiddling with my reactor i managed to break it . so that was the last straw . co2 is disconnected , fish are in a temporary home , tank is being drained , algae...
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