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post #27 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Chicago
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I'll be filling the tank hopefully tomorrow and have a few questions I was hoping might be answered here.

The tank has been getting light for about 10 hours per day for the past 2 months and I know doing that with it filled would likely cause some algae. Should I just cut the light right away or slowly go down to 7-8 hours?

My filter has never been run and the media is all dry. 1st do I need all 3 layers of filter material? 2nd should I soak the filter media first?

Finally, I'm a little worried about fertilizing. I have Flourish, Excel, and Seachem Iron. I was going to follow the directions on the bottles and try for a homemade type of EI with 40% water changes weekly. Do I need NPK too or will my HC and DHG survive without them?
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