Join Date: May 2013
Location: Quad Cities, IL
I don't think you have to start dosing with those species of plants you currently have, although it wouldn't hurt either. I do not Remember what lighting you are running so your plant selection should reflect that and whether or not you want to dose ferts. As a general rule of thumb, you want about 30ppm nitrate to feed your plants. There is a great list of low light plants in that section of the forum if you choose that route.
Careful of the pH swings. Adding peat and co2 can cause large swings if nota monitored. Also, what happens when the peat is exhausted. A little co2 goes a long way in keeping plants happy in my opinion. Your ph is a little high at 7.5 depending on what species you want to keep, but your gh and oh seem right on for almost any species.
Your light and co2 will determine the majority of your algae problems. Once you have those, ferts or no ferts is easy.
Last edited by ForensicFish; 07-29-2013 at 11:07 PM.