Live foods: Tubifex, bloodworms, daphnia
Frozen food: red mosquito larvae, setting
Dry food: Flakes Söll, Tubifex, Spirulina flakes
Fertilization after PPSpro method + Ferropol 24, Profito
Water purification progresses through mixed bed 2 parts + 1 part tap water
Water change weekly 120l.
Update 22/09/2013: The current fertilization amounts to about 25 ml Ferrdrakon per week, divided into 2 doses, 4-6 and fertilizer sticks for green plants about every 4-6 weeks
An integral part of fertilization is a generous water changes for me. The Aufdüngung of macronutrients is urgently needed at the plant amount, the lighting and CO2 supply. The trace elements and iron do I deal very sparingly. Too much favors only undesirable growth of algae. The red plants get 1x in the quarter a Crypto tablet on his feet. Otherwise, fertilization takes place exclusively via the water column.
Taking care of aquatic plants - a unique way of seeing things.
Have water plants, like all other living things, their own demands on their environment. If one is able to give his nurslings optimal conditions, they will thank with good growth. Everything here is based on my experience so far written and does not have to coincide with other opinions.
First I want to devote myself to the light. How much light is needed, certainly is primarily dependent on which plants are to be kept and how they are distributed in the basin. In general, I am referring here once only on fluorescent lights, since I have no experience with HQI / HCI and LED is only in the starting blocks. The use of reflectors on the tubes is of course mandatory. For uniform illumination with T8 fluorescent tube all a 10 cm Bowl depth is recommended (not height), so for the 54l Basin (60x30x30) before 2, wherein the water level should not exceed 40 cm. When using T5 high output tubes to get to 1 every 15 cm with a max. Water level of 50 cm. At higher water level more, otherwise less.
Although more is possible then prepares but possibly again additional problems and is also necessary only for specific, light-hungry plants. And of course, increases the cost of ownership. Because light is likely to be the largest cost factor in the heated living room. In a so-lit pool, very few plants are likely to cause problems.
An indication of lumens / liter for the necessary amount of light I consider personally as an absolutely useless statement, since it is the plant simply does not matter how much light radiates a light source. The plant only interested how much usable light arrives on their leaves. Actually, an indication as 1000 lux would (yes, even if it refers to the visible spectrum for humans) by 50 cm water more helpful, there is no but.
The information with Watt / liter are somewhat more useful, though one must note the pelvic shape. After my tube number one is here so usually between 0.4 and 0.6 W / l.
Not to be despised here is the heat output of the tubes and to some extent their ballasts. Many aquariums station wagons are fitted with a plastic cover, in the hanging tubes without cover plates over the water. This principle has for me a number of disadvantages:
1. A lot of condensation water in the box, to the tubes and reflectors. This leads to lots of lime deposits and cleaning costs. And just the beloved jewel covers because I know some are failed because they were full of water.
2. The heat transfer to the water.
Interested, I find the use of cover disks. Although the swallow between 5-10% of light, but are easier to clean. The water remains in the tank, the air temperature above the pool is not as high and the air above the discs can be easily transported away by the fan in the summer. In addition, the electronics remain absolutely dry.
A plant needs to grow water, CO2, O2, the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as trace elements such as iron, manganese, boron, copper ...
The supply of the nutrients via the ions of the respective salts. Nitrogen takes the plant on ammonium (NH4) and nitrate (NO3), phosphorus on phosphates (PO 4), sulfur on the sulphates. The metals [...]