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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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my last questions before i start anything.

assuming that i just added plants to my tank a minute ago.

1. when do i start dosing? (can i also ad Fe now?)
2. should i already follow the suggested amount of ferts to my size tank?
3. should i still follow the end of the week water change? (EI dosing)
4. assuming that the tank doesnt have any i still need to water change??
5. is too much ferts in the tank harmfull to fish?
6. do i need a heater for plants?(i live in los angeles and its currently 71F in my room, and its almost midnight).(no AC/heater).
7. how long should i have my lights on initialy?(should i go for 8-10 hours right away?)
8. are led moonlights strong enough lighting to require co2 if i leave them on all night?

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4 39w t5ho

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 12:28 PM
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What substrate? If your using ADA Aquasoil I might wait a week as the AS will elach alot of stuff out the plants can use. Also a waterchange during hte cycle typically hinders the Ccycle.


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1. I dose right away. Get ferts in the water column going.
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes - to reset the water column and start your ferts all over again
5. You should only dose as much as you need... If you have high light and CO2 you need more ferts, less light then you lower the ferts so on and so on. You have to find your balance. Each tank is different.
6. Yes - you don't want any fluctuations in water temp and you should have it up around 76-78 and as high as 80. I run mine at 78. You want everything stable.
7. You should start with around a short photo-period if you tank is not fully cycled. Then bump it up to a 10hr photo-period over time and you should be happy.
8. NO - plants don't use co2 at night. They take in oxygen at night and give off co2. Thats why people turn there co2 off at night because you in a sense "wasting" it.

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gotcha. but my tank will not have any fish in why waste electricity on a heater? plants wont die cause of tempt flank....or will they?

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