Suggestions for new setup

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    Hi everyone

    I want to set up my quarenteen tank (45cmx25cmx25cm) to grow some riccia and mosses.

    What lighting do you suggest I put over it? The tank will be run with pressurized CO2 with no fish.

    Any suggestions on fertilizer dosing will also be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Use a normal cool white desk lamp or else flourescent. Don't make it too intense, it's not needed. Just keep the CO2 stable and the ligting moderate.

    Dose twice a week, some macros and micros, should be fine.
     
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    Good Idea. I've been thinking of doing something very similar. I also want to take a 45cm tank and basically use it as a way of "playing around" with plants. In display tanks you cant really do any major changes once its settled so hope this will give me the chance to experiement. I plan on only having no more than two fish or so (if any)

    Sorry Cameron, what do you mean by micro and macro fertilizer dosing? :)
    THanks ;)
     
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    "Micro" fertilisers are "trace elements" that plants need in small doses, like iron and things like that. "macro" fertilisers are things like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK in garden fertilisers) that plants need lots of.
     
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    I started out dosing using PMDD which worked well but then I started fiddling and made it better. Then I started using EI and I've found that my modified PMDD method worked much better but I've also been neglecting the tank of late, been a tad busy. But I think if there are no fish in the tank just dose the tank silly or until the algae starts blooming. :)
     
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    What is this EI everybody is babbling about?

    Neels
     
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    Well I wont hijack the thread anymore. I'll make a new post.
     
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    Thanks Jared. A site I have never been to before with lots of interesting things to read. Will take me a bit of time to digest. Does anybody subscribe to his report? Is it worthwile?

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    Andre,

    How many hours of sunlight does South Africa get in a normal day?

    If it's just a quarantine tank, why not put it where the plants can soak up natural light? And if you're planning on growing only Riccia and Mosses, you don't even need to fertilise.

    I keep many tubs of mosses under the Killifish bench in my balcony. There, they are under shade all the time but enough light gets through to keep the mosses growing. I no longer grow Riccia but once I let some float on the water in my balcony tank and it grew to form a huge mat.

    Loh K L
     
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    Hi Loh

    Unfortunately my fish room does not get a lot of direct sunlight. But currently in Cape Town we have about 8 hours of proper light a day.

    I might set up a tub to try this out once I have some extra mosses.
     

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