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Lightbulb [Aus] Beginner at Planted Tanks *Help*

Hello TPT people,

My names Caleb, I'm 23 years old and have recently within the past 3 months dived head on into the planted tank hobby. It's serving a great challenge for me and something I want to master. I've had so much online inspiration and I want my tanks to be the prominent features in my home.

It all started with a small 15L tank which homed a pair of Apisto. Cacatuoides. Knowing fully they would need a bigger tank I upgraded to a 46L Fluval Edge which I feel is 'overly' decked out.

At the moment I am looking to get another tank, so I can resign at least one of the smaller tanks (as demanded by the misses). However, the budget on this one will be significantly larger, so I HAVE to make sure I know what I am getting is right and that I know what I am doing.

The 2 current tanks in my apartment are as followed:

15L Aqua One - Cube - Animates (Currently Re-cycling)




Substrate - ADA Amazonia
Filter - Inbuilt to tank, replaced media with Bio-Noodles and charcoal, to be more 'sump-like'
Addons - Heater (24 deg C), No Co2 at the moment
Light - Replaced original light with a Aqua Zonic, 'Super Bright LED' 23cm, 12.48W
Plants - HM + Java Moss Tree
Fish - Eventually want CRS.


My 46L Overclocked Fluval Edge










Substrate - ADA Amazonia
Filter - External Hang on Filter that came with the tank.
Light - Replaced original light with Kessil Amazon Sun a150
Addons - Heater (24 deg C), Twinstar Nano
Plants -
HC (carpeting)
Echinodorus Bleheri (2x Top Left)
Anubias nana Petite (3x Pieces super-glued to wood)
Staurogyne repens (Middle)
Mini Pellia (5x Pieces super-glued on wood)
Tonina fluviatilis (x Stems right)
Fish - Apisto. cacatuoides pair and a Japanese Algae Eater.
Co2 - Co2 Pro 500mL (3Bps - Glass defuser with Solenoid.)
Schedule - (Light 4.30pm to 11:30pm) (Co2 3:30pm to 10:30pm)
Ferts - Dosing only Seachem flourish

What I would like from this post is feedback on my setup.
Assistance with further questions and help with purchases.


Bump: My first Question is what fertilizers do I need to support my plants and how should I dose?
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I would find the member Nicolg (or something like that) on here and buy a dry fert starter pack or DIY liquid ferts. You should probably start dosing by the EI regiment and slowly dial it back over the course of weeks or months until you see deficiencies in each of the ferts. Then you bump it back up to the last known 'good' amount of ferts (no deficiencies). That is your dosing regiment. It is different for every tank. Many people EI dose, which is overkill by nature. By dialing it back, you save on ferts and don't require as potent water changes. Basically, it adds a layer of safety by not over dosing as much. I would still suggest nearly 50% water changes on a weekly schedule. But by cutting back to something closer to your plant's 'requirements', you can miss a water change without as much build up. Just my opinion.


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I like this idea, thank you.
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Can you link me to a good guide on finding my EI?
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http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/EI.htm

Google usually has great information on everything planted tank.


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I'm gonna need time to translate that. I failed chemistry ;-;
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It all started with a small 15L tank which homed a pair of Apisto. Cacatuoides. Knowing fully they would need a bigger tank I upgraded to a 46L Fluval Edge which I feel is Co2 Pro 500mL (3Bps - Glass defuser with)
Welcome to the addiction. Good luck on staying on a budget.

I believe the co2 tanks are not refillable. I had read somewhere that with an adaptor you can add co2 tanks from walmart. Cheaper Co2 system here.
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The co2 tank I have; I was reassured by the retailer that the local welding workshop had refilled them all the time.
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