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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2005, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon ferts

i have a 10 gallon tank that im planning to have 100% flourite as substrate with about 4 wpg, is there a need for ferts or c02? i dont have the water parameters yet because im a bit light on cash to buy a test kit
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2005, 06:52 PM
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It depends on what your growing. With 4WPG youll be able to get anything going. CO2 and ferts would be best to get prior to setup. You will have to know what your tap water is giving you for PO4, NO3, PH, KH, GH to know what to dose though...Some say you can do without testing. I like to know what is going on in there. Good Luck. Wish I had 4wpg over my 10g.

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well, im saying 4 wpg based on the bulb, because they are the screw in type with three u's on a base and the reflectors on the hood dont do anything because theyre tiny, so im thinking of making my own
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I've also got a 10 gal that I just set up.
Got my CO2 with a homemade reactor and a 50 some gph pump.
Got 2 10 gal light fixtures over top resting on a sheet of glass on the tank.

Substrate: Currently using expanded clay pellets. Brand name hydroton.
They dont look the nicest but work great. The plants will eventually overgrow them anyways. To hold them down I have some light mesh on top to keep them from floating around too much as they are quite light.

4x 26 watt screw in CF bulbs. So err thats like 10wpg.
I'm thinking a little overkill.. I'm surprised I have no problems with algae.

As for fertilizers. I have the Flourish Trace. I put in half a capfull once a week.
Mono Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Nitrate, Magnesium Sulfate I add a pinch of these into the tank maybe once every two or 3 days.
Meh.. No test kits for me either. No idea what my params are :P.
Seems to be working right now for me.
Growing some red crypt. Pellia, one other unknown, dwarf hair grass and hemianthus callitrichoides.
Sorry if this didnt help much!
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WPG go out the window on small tanks...
If you have multiple bulbs to come up to 4wpg then most likely it will be considered "lowlight"

Bulb Intensity more important then the math Im afraid...
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If you were going to use the tom's EI on a ten gallon how much kno3 do you dose?

There seems to be lots of discussion on what to dose with the larger tanks but I'm having trouble finding info for a ten gallon.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 12:54 AM
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All purpose fert for a 10 gallon?

I'm currently planning to introduce live plants into my current 10 gallon neon tetra tank. I am planning to use Eco live substrate and have about 4.5 watts per gallon over the tank thanks to some old reef keeping equipment. I'm trying to keep this fairly inexpensive, any suggestions on a good all-around fertilizer for this tank would be greatly appreciated. I plan on running CO2 injection on the tank and will probably stay with the more hardy species of plants. Thanks again.
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