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Dosing a 10 gallon tank?

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I have just set up a 10 gallon tank. It has eco-complete for the substrate, a small h.o.b. power filter & it has (2) 13w screw in fluorescent lights (replaced the incadescents) and no CO2. For flora it has some bylxia japicona, dwarf sag, java ferns, hydrophila polysperma, Rotala Macrandra, & Ludwigia repens. There are no fish in it for now but soon.

What would you all recomend for ferts? I dose my 46g with greg watson dry ferts but I am questioning quantities for my little 10 gallon. Do I need CO2 or can I get away with excel.

P.S. Are there any obvious problems with this setup.

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No obvious problems, although the Blyxa and R. macrandra might not be happy with the 13W spirals.

For ferts, I would go slow and see if nutrient deficiencies develop. I know testing isn't popular, but it's a good way to see how much N and P your tank uses, and if it is out or off the charts.

I have no experience with Excel-only dosing instead of CO2, but it seems to work for others. I would prefer a little DIY CO2 setup myself, or, if the tank is in proximity of your high pressure setup it's pretty easy to split it into two...


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I have no experience with Excel-only dosing instead of CO2, but it seems to work for others. I would prefer a little DIY CO2 setup myself, or, if the tank is in proximity of your high pressure setup it's pretty easy to split it into two...
What do I need to feed the 10 off of my 46? I have a jbj regulator/bubble counter which feeds my inline reactor. Do I need a manifold and one more needle valve?

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There are two good approaches...

The cheap way works well. You can use a needle valve or a simple air regulation valve (plastic or brass), and a plastic or metal T.

Or do it fancier as described here.


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