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Question about 5.5 gallon

So just recently I set-up my first 5.5 gallon. The lighting on it is 1 x 13W CLF (6500k) and I was told it was low light (What would be the PAR?). I currently have some plants like Bacopa and Ludwigia in the tank growing quite well, so is this actually a low-light tank?

I have Excel and Comprehensive but I haven't used it. Should I? If I did, would I need to be dosing anything else? How often a week and how much? As for root tabs, I haven't purchased any. What are some good brands to look into? Can you provide me links?

I turn my tank on at 7 AM everyday (time I leave for class) and I turn it off around 6 ish (depends on what time I get back). Is this too long of a photo period? I have timers but I don't know how to set them up/use them.

Is there anything else I need to do/purchase for this tank to make it a better planted tank?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm still a planted tank newb. Thank you in advance!

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That's a very long photo period. You may encounter algae. I would suggest lessening to 8ish. I run that light on my 5.5g in the stock hood with fairly good results. The hood doesn't allow the light to reach all areas of the tank though.

I use excel, micros (that would be your comprehensive) and macros.
I've had to experiment to find plants that would thrive, but so far I have myriophyllum mattogrossense, java moss, crypt affinis, pennywort and anacharis.

Dose excel 1/2 mL daily and I do micro/macro 2x per week at 1/2 mL. Root tabs.. hmm what plants do you have? If you have some root feeders, they would like them. Go to the for sale area and search osmocote plus.
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I would reduce it, but sadly I don't get home until 6 pm (I leave at 7 am). I have 2 light timers, but I do not know how to set them (they were given to me, no instructions).

What would be macros? What would I need to buy?

I have generally all low-light plants. I have Anubias, Java Fern, Hornwort, Java Moss and Cryptocoryne Wendtii.

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Perhaps you could invest in a timer? They are not too expensive nowadays.

Alternatively, you could try searching the internet for an online PDF and/or instructions on how to set the timers you currently have.

It would definitely help in automating the lights and your photoperiod.

Regarding your question about the macros, they generally refer to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. We usually dose potassium nitrate and potassium phosphate to add these elements to the aquarium.

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Thank you for the replies! As for dosing the macros, what products do you use? Could I just use the Seachem nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium liquid ferts? Or do I need for find products that have potassium nitrate and potassium phosphate in them?

Thanks for the link, PeterN1986. It's a bit hard to understand, but I get it a little.

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Thank you for the replies! As for dosing the macros, what products do you use? Could I just use the Seachem nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium liquid ferts? Or do I need for find products that have potassium nitrate and potassium phosphate in them?

Thanks for the link, PeterN1986. It's a bit hard to understand, but I get it a little.
Seachem produces Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium liquid fertilizers as commercial products, and this is one way of achieving the goal.

I personally prefer dry chemicals (you can purchase potassium nitrate and potassium phosphate from hydroponic stores and/or agricultural stores, as well as online - many users on these forums sell them), as they are much cheaper and last much longer.

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Thank you! Do you happen to have a link to where I could get these? Also, do I just place the dry ferts in my gravel during my water changes? How often will I need to add dry ferts? How much dry ferts?

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Thank you! Do you happen to have a link to where I could get these? Also, do I just place the dry ferts in my gravel during my water changes? How often will I need to add dry ferts? How much dry ferts?
You can check the For Sale subsection of these forums, there are various users that sell them. A quick search using the search function will also reveal a large number of commercial vendors that sell these chemicals.

For the dry chemicals, they are added to the water column, and not as a substrate additive. You can dose them dry or mix them with water first (whatever is easier for you).

Your fertilization frequency and amount will depend on your plant bioload, water parameters, lighting conditions, etc.

I suggest that you take a look through my Primer to Planted Aquariums (linked in my signature below), in particular, the fertilization section has some handy links.

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Thank you for all the information! It's really appreciated, thanks!
I will look now

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