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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Dosing during cycling

I'm setting up a new 5 gallon planted tank. It will start out being moderately planted on the higher side I'd say. I know healthy plants are very ideal for a new tank. Should dosing be handled differently during this phase? I will be doing 6hrs of light and liquid co2 (does a drop checker work for liquid co2?)

I want fast growth during initial set up but no algae. That's probably too much to ask for a tank that's not cycled yet.

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This looks like a detailed how to with a planted tank with dosing. It basically says to use 1/3 micronutrients and lower dose of macro with higher potassium because pre-fertilized substrate (i'm using fluval stratum) will soak it up. Reduced other macros because the substrate will give them off.
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dose starting day 1. you want the plants to sense they are in a nutrient rich environment. It will activate them into growing mode. Dose according to how much plant mass you have.
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