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co2 and fertilizer questions

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by ilovefish123, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    im getting a 20 long tank with 1 amazon sword, java fern etc simple plants and some tetras and i was wondering do i absolutely need a co2 system ? will the plants die if there is no co2 system ?
     
  2. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    No you shouldn't need it.
     
  3. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    are you sure cause i went to the store and asked and there like oohhhh yea i totaly need it for the plants to grow and live longer .... but can you just go with some fertilizers and chemicals ?
     
  4. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Of course they said that, they want you to buy it.

    Whether or not you need Co2 depends on your lighting and the plants you're growing.
     
  5. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    im getting a t5 with 2 10,000 watt bulbs one is a white bulb and the other one has a pink tint to it apparently there the very good ? do u know what im talking about > lol have any suggestions
    just want to keep it simple amazon sword ferns moss veils cryps
     
  6. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Probably a Colormax.
     
  7. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    not sure :$ but thanks
     
  8. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    I agree they will tell you anything to get you to buy something. I have 5 or 6 tanks with plants, a few of them HEAVILY planted, and I run no CO2. Yours will be fine without it. They are 10,000 K not watts, do you know the wattage?
     
  9. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    ohh yea k thats right my bad LMFAO :p umm not tooo sure :$ what kind of fertilizers do u suggest or additives ?

    This question has already been answered at the link provided below...please refrain from double posting:

    Aquarium Plant Help !
     
  10. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    This is for a 20 gallon tank right ?

    The bulbs for that should be 24 watts.
     
  11. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    yea there 24 watts i just checked
     
  12. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Root tabs for the sword and maybe some flourish for the others, BTW what are the other "simple plants"?
     
  13. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Yep. You will need root tabs for the swords.
     
  14. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    ohh just ferns moss crypes viens easy to keeep plants since this will be my first planted tank
     
  15. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Viens? Do you mean Vals?
     
  16. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    lol im not sure there tall with twisted leafs
     
  17. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    yesss thats the one xD
     
  19. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    They too are root feeders and will need root tabs, the crypts will benefit as well but they are not totally necessary for the crypts. Don't go wild with ferts at first you can cause bad algae problems for yourself.
     
  20. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Flourish Excel and Flourish Root Tabs would be all I'd suggest. That's what I use.