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Hey guys I am starting a new 30 gal planted tank with MGOP mix with red clay added trying to stay low tech nothing crazy plant wise
Amazon swords , Anubis , java fern, java moss, I've never dosed before so all new to me what would you recommend and when do I start right from the get go or a month or 2 down the road not sure what other info to include to help me figure out a dosing program any help would be great Thank you all
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Hey guys I am starting a new 30 gal planted tank with MGOP mix with red clay added trying to stay low tech nothing crazy plant wise
Amazon swords , Anubis , java fern, java moss, I've never dosed before so all new to me what would you recommend and when do I start right from the get go or a month or 2 down the road not sure what other info to include to help me figure out a dosing program any help would be great Thank you all
you can chose dosing as EI low tech weekly dosing, or other which most attractive for you, but when to start my opinion after aquarium setup first 1-3 weeks depending on how plants are doing, do they start showing new growth, don't add ferts... do the cycle, look, when the nitrate levels are rising, then look when its cycled, mesure macro again, and the sowly introduce ferts.
but if you are going to dose liquid carbon, potasium alone, you can do it from the firs day of the setup
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I just looked up the EI method on green leaf and it says it's used for high light situations honestly not understanding it
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Yes EI is used for highlight and CO2 based tanks...for low light you dose 1/3 or 1/4 of EI
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I am trying to stay low tech no co2 and running a compact flourscent light 6500k/10000k daylight bulb
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Will there be a reasonable number of fish in this tank?

Fish food supplies a fair amount of most nutrients for a low tech tank.
It is a bit short in K and Fe.

The easiest way to take care of this is to use a liquid called Leaf Zone.
Read the labels of ferts available in your local stores. You might also decide to help the plants out with some fertilizer tablets. You would use these infrequently (especially in a low tech tank) so there is not much work involved.
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