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Old 10-28-2013, 04:38 AM   #1
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Setting up 40b high tech. Couple questions!!


Hey everyone back to the drawing board for the third time. I recently tore down my 29 gallon which I set up two separate occasions. Had decent success and now am staring at a 40b that will be getting filled up this week.

Tank specs
Size- 40 gallon breeder
Lighting- corallife 30 inch 4 bulb t5ho fixture. 2- 6700k bulbs 2- 10000k bulbs
Sub straight- aquasoil new amazon.
Co2- 5 lbs tank Milwaukee regulator. Inline diffuser
Filtration- hydor 350 canister filter power heads if I think I need them.
Heater- hydor inline heater.

Now hear are a couple questions I have.

1. I plan on suspending my light fixture. What do you think would be a good starting height for the light? 20 inches from sub straight? I would like to use all 4 bulbs so maybe higher?

2. Aquasoil is a new thing for me I have only used Eco complete in my previous tanks. I ordered 5 bags total thinking I should be able to get 2.5 - 3 inches deep. So here is what worries me. The ammonia that it gives off right away is pretty brutal from what I have seen all over the forum. Should I be doing daily water changes say 50% or so? And for how long will I battle that spike and can relax on the water changes?

3. I already have dry ferts from my previous tanks. When should I start dosing ei? I have a feeling the water column will be nutrient rich for at least a week or two? Or should I start feeding the beast right away? I have a feeling this ill have to just keep an eye on my plants.

Plants I will be using for initial plant are here-
5x Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
5x Rotala mini butterfly
1x Erio Parkeri
2x Limnophila Aromatica
10x Hygro Brown
10x Blyxa Japonica
10x Starougyne Repens 049

That is all I can think of right now. Thank you for looking and any advice given!

Here is the beast
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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I don't have answers for #1 but for #2, I'd imagine you have a built in mechanism for cycling! No need to add ammonia! If you don't have fish, I don't see the harm in just letting the ammonia cycle through. And if you don't add the plants yet, you probably won't need to turn on the lights and ask for algae. As for #3, I suppose you can watch your nitrates and roughly base it on that when you should start dosing.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:45 PM   #3
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1. About 1ft from the water surface.
2. Daily water changes (at least 20%) for the first week to get the ammonia down. Test ammonia after 1 week, if it still super high continue with wc every 2 or 3 days. Once the ammonia is down to 2-3 go to weekly wc. Plant heavily at the start - plants will help soak up the ammonia and your cycle ought to be faster.
3. ADA soil has lots of nutrients. fert dosing isn't needed until around week 5-6.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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1. About 1ft from the water surface.
2. Daily water changes (at least 20%) for the first week to get the ammonia down. Test ammonia after 1 week, if it still super high continue with wc every 2 or 3 days. Once the ammonia is down to 2-3 go to weekly wc. Plant heavily at the start - plants will help soak up the ammonia and your cycle ought to be faster.
3. ADA soil has lots of nutrients. fert dosing isn't needed until around week 5-6.
Awesome thank you for the reply! Should be decently planted at the start!

Here is another question. I am running inline diffuser and inline heater. I cut the hose last night and got it mounted on the tank. I put both the diffuser and heater on the out take to my hydor canister is this okay?
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:28 PM   #5
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I put both the diffuser and heater on the out take to my hydor canister is this okay?
This sounds fine. Having the diffuser before the heater is the better option.
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