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90 Gallon Planted Aquarium

I am new to planted aquariums, but have been keeping fish for several years now. My new tank is about a week and half old and seems to be doing well. I was hoping to possibly get some more information and ideas on where I can improve to hopefully avoid any mishaps.

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90 Gallons/ 48x18x22
Rena X3 Filter
CO2 @ 2bps while light is on
Ph is kept at 7.0

I dose with Phertz (phosphates, micros, potasium, nitrogen) according to their instructions and a little of my own intuition. Twice a week I add Flourish by Seachem. Again, I am very new to this type of tank keeping so any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Looks great!

Are you running a drop checker for you Co2? If not, don't worry, neither do I. Check out the 90 in my signature, then crank that Co2!

what kind of lights are you running? This, along with Co2 will be what makes things happen. Oh, and welcome to the forum!
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Thank you I do not have a drop checker I'm glad to hear I don't need to add it to my list of things that need to be purchased. I will have to get back to you on the lighting I bought the light from my LFS that specializes in planted aquariums and I am not quite sure on the specifics.

Your tank is beautiful! I was looking at your tank earlier and I am hoping that mine will show the same type of growth some day.
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Thank you I do not have a drop checker I'm glad to hear I don't need to add it to my list of things that need to be purchased. I will have to get back to you on the lighting I bought the light from my LFS that specializes in planted aquariums and I am not quite sure on the specifics.

Your tank is beautiful! I was looking at your tank earlier and I am hoping that mine will show the same type of growth some day.
It absolutely will, it's too easy. Soon you will be yanking out weeds like crazy so your fish have room to swim.

We really need to figure out exactly what kind of light you're running and how long you plan to run it per day so we can dial in that Co2. You should be able to get away with 4-5 bps easily. Probably much more than that, but I been playing it safe...and I have pretty low lights so I don't need too much.
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It absolutely will, it's too easy. Soon you will be yanking out weeds like crazy so your fish have room to swim.

We really need to figure out exactly what kind of light you're running and how long you plan to run it per day so we can dial in that Co2. You should be able to get away with 4-5 bps easily. Probably much more than that, but I been playing it safe...and I have pretty low lights so I don't need too much.
The light is a Current Nova Extreme 54 watt high output T5. They only had the saltwater version so I had to switch out one of the bulbs, but there are two bulbs one is an aquaflora bulb and the other a 10,000k white bulb. Sorry if the terminology is not correct
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The light is a Current Nova Extreme 54 watt high output T5. They only had the saltwater version so I had to switch out one of the bulbs, but there are two bulbs one is an aquaflora bulb and the other a 10,000k white bulb. Sorry if the terminology is not correct
No, your fine. If any one asks, you have a T5HO, T5= bulb style & HO =high output. Very common. The color (10000k & 5500k <the flora) is perfect. The 10k one will have a tinge more blue to it, the other slightly pink. The bulb that is up front in your fixture will have the greatest impact on how things look. There is no wrong answer...you just might prefer one over the other up front.

Since you have a T5HO I suggest you invest in a drop checker. Those are bright lights and you will likely need to have your Co2 running at a high level to keep from growing an algae farm.

Also, if you haven't already you need a timer for the light. And I would suggest starting out your "light cycle" somewhere less than 10 hours.
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