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Ok....when you put the liquid fert in your tank should you drop it various places on the surface or does that matter? Does the filter negate or diminish some of the fert properties or does it just cycle it through?
I have a 10 gallon tank with 15 watts (low-tech) and will be going to around 25 watts soon. also I have plain black gravel as substrate(use fert tabs?).
I got this tank for me and my son and have decided I want a planted tank since I have a 18 year history with bonsai. Low tech and simple gravel substrate should be ok for this testing tank eh?
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On a tank that small it doesn't matter but I generally drop my dry fertz and pfertz M in at hob/canister outtake.

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Root tabs are a great secondary source for your rooted plants and only need to be changed out every month or two. I use them.

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I just finished setting up a bookshelf tank for my son it has a betta v-tail and three gold platies in it. It's heavily planted, has rooted plants that break the water line (for a bit of C02) and has a low flow hob and a very low flow air pump. It's a medium light low tech tank that works well.

I used SMS for the substrate and dose EI and use root tabs so it's very close to what your doing. It should work well for you.

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You're planning on adding CO2 to the tank when you up the wattage too, right?





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yes...for this tank I'll use a DIY set-up.
I sold my regulator on ebay(for indoor tropical bonsai) so I just can't see buying another 90-140 dollar regulator right now. I still have my tank and there is co2 still in it. If I could find a very simple cheap regulator I would just use that.
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