Biocubes & Freshwater tanks

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  1. Quintonv

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    @dallasg @KillerWhale

    How are these cubes working in planted tanks?

    Can i get more info somewhere?
     
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    I have been told they work better in fresh water, I think, but I'll let Dallas elaborate
     
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    Why would you use them in a planted tank? Should the plants not take up the nutrients?

    In a fish only system, okay, use them if they work but why in a planted setup?
     
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    They do work, active in hours, I have a doc on freshwater tests I will post tomorrow
     
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    Tagging.
     
  7. Quintonv

    Quintonv Thread Starter

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    after seeing some planted tanks it got me interested into starting one.

    I agree that the plants should absorb some nutrients but with cubes you can add and remove as needed.

    The only thing i am wondering about is the CO2 requirement. Will cubes be doing that job too?
     
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    the cubes do nothing more than remove NO3 and PO4, you might want to use the titanium in FW to remove NO3 and PO4 is a fertilizer

    the CO2 is a food source for the plants, you can do a DIY one with yeast and water :)
     
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    If you do a high tech planted tank, the plants will use up NO3 and PO4 faster than it is produced, you will need to dose NO3 and PO4 in some cases to keep up.
     
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    thats my tank - i actually have to dose N. I believe that the cubes will starve a planted tank
     
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    my ex semi planted tank.. all i gave it was light. no other dosing

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    Nice but not a high tec planted tank as being discussed unless i understood it wrong?:blush:
     
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    This is hi tech planted tank...[​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    @shan why dont you post some photo's of your planted tank???
     
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    AD has a nice planted tank...
     
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    So why have i not seen a photo yet?? Time to brag !! Tell him to post photo's please Mistacapetonian !!!:tt2:
     
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    Can't post pics from the other forum...:(
     
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    not high tech no... just to show. i have had planted tanks before that had more in than my semi. still only gave it light and left it. never dosed anything.
     
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    planted tanks are like reef tanks..you will need to dose once stocking levels and growth increase. I don't see a need for biocubes on a planted tank as plants will use the nitrates and phosphates anyway.

    maybe in a heavily stocked Malawi tank or discus tank yes...but fw water changes are so easy..i would keep the money for fish..(or allocate it to reef tank spending:tt2:)

    also...besides keeping good conditions in check, water changes in freshwater tanks also help induce breeding and help with growth
     
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    @Zandy i am looking into setting up something like that.

    The cost of FW is so much less the SW.
    @dallasg thanks for the info
     
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