90 days planted aquarium Startup-service by Tropica: Days 70 – 90

June 4th, 2012 by Paddock Farm Leave a reply »

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Welcome to Tropica’s 90 days Startup-service. Following the instructions in this guide gives you guidance to ensuring success with your aquarium. Over the next few days, we will bring you the step-by-step instructions you’ll need to create the perfect planted aquarium.

Day 70:
Change up to 30 % of the water.

Check the technigue (is the pump running, does the switch on/off clock work, is the CO2 running).

Add fertilizer.

Cut the plants as required (see more about trimming here). Estimate the various elements in the aquarium; do they live up to the expectations? Many plants have now spread all over the aquarium and a more extensive cutting may be required, so that the individual groups still appear as one unit. You may also replace plants that do not thrive or fit your ideas in terms of the layout.

Day 77:

Change up to 30 % of the water.

Check the technique (is the pump running, does the switch on/off clock work, is the CO2 running).

Add fertilizer.

Cut the plants as required (see more about trimming here). The time has now come for you to estimate every week if there are plants that need cutting; remember that it is best to cut frequently in order to maintain the balance in the aquarium.

Day 84:

Change up to 30 % of the water.

Check the technique (is the pump running, does the switch on/off clock work, is the CO2 running) and rinse the filter sponge.

Add fertilizer.

Cut the plants as required (see more about trimming here).

Day 90:

The aquarium is now in full balance. If you have a foreground cover, this will be completely dense by now. The stem plants have been through several cuttings and re-plantings and are showing to the best advantage in terms of colour and shape. The water is completely clear. You have probably acquired the taste for it, so get some inspiration for how to proceed. Maybe you are very fond of the present layout and wish to keep it as long as possible, or maybe you just want to replace a couple of plants. Maybe you feel like trying something completely different and start up a completely new layout. You can get inspiration for new layouts (see here). Remember to enjoy and appreciate all the details in the aquarium, see here how inspiring this may be…


The content available here in reproduced by kind permission of Tropica and is done so to provide valuable information to those wanting to set-up a planted aquarium.  You can download Tropica’s 90 days startup-service for either iTunes or Google Play.

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