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Exclamation New to this.....little help needed

Well, I am not really new to aquariums, just new to the fert. aspect. I have 11 tanks up and running, all freshwater, most planted. I have never tested the water (other than: PH,GH, KH, Ammonia, and Nitrite), added ferts, or added any type of chemicals to my tanks.

Now, I have a 10 gallon tank with a 36 Watt compact florescent light, hob filter, Flourite as the substrate, and diy co2. My problem is, I am not getting the growth you all speak of, so I am thinking of diving into the ferts. but I need some guidance. What do I buy, tests, chemicals, ferts? Where do I buy them? Would most be available at my LFS? I have nothing and have no idea where to start.

Right now my tank is a mess, Hair algae covers everything!!

Tank specs:
10 Gallon
36 watt AH supply retrofit on for 8 hours a day
Whisper Power Filter 20 - with nothing but filter floss in it
50% water change every Sunday
DIY CO2.....changed every Sunday, fed into the filter
Temp- 78
PH- 7.0
GH- 22
KH- 4
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
CO2- 12ppm Per the chart that puts me in the green

Baby Tears
Java Fern
Rotala indica
green foxtail
Red foxtail

6 Celebes rainbows
1 Otto

Here are a few pics of how bad it looks now, and I cleaned it this morning!!

Someone PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

Let me know what I need to do first, but please, keep it simple, I am not a chemist.....

Thanks for all the help

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2006, 12:43 PM
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You have a 10 gallon tank with 36 watts yet add no ferts. And you are wondering why you have algae?

Take a few minutes and read my Guide then come back and start reading this forum.

And buy and use some ferts. But don't buy anything till you read my Guide.
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wow, that's some mess you got there

Fertilizers are the way to go with your light setup:
Go to get 1lb of each for $20 shipped

Monopotassium Phosphate KH2PO4
Potassium Sulphate K2S04
Potassium Nitrate KN03
Plantex CSM+B

You make a solution for each chemical or dose them dry.
What ever you prefer. I prefer dry. So here's what I would do if I were dosing your tank

Plantex 1/32 tsp 3x a week

Dose Plantex on different days from below. Dose below together.
KN03 1/16 tsp 3x a week
K2SO4 1/32 tsp 3x a week
KH2PO4 1/32 tsp 3x a week.

Dosing doesn't have to be perfect. Just keep up those 50% water changes.

Good Luck!

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