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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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First planted tank ever! 16gal

Well that's it I'm hooked. I have started a 16 gal planted tank my first layer is organic soil and then a layer of fluval stratum I have just planted my first plants and hoping everything goes well. I'm looking for some helpful hints mainly regarding co2 and ferts in a dirt tank. I've read that you shouldn't add anything for the first few months and other posts saying to go ahead and add. So I'm hoping for some more clarification on your successes.
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You can plant plants anytime (even immediately after filling up the aquarium). However, for any other kind of livestock, you should cycle your aquarium first (you may want to do some reading on the nitrogen cycle if you are not familiar with this term).

As for CO2 and fertilization, once you have plants, you can start injecting/dosing immediately as well.


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