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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval Edge 23L - First planted tank

I've just set up my first planted tank (first tank ever actually) and wanted to make sure everything is right.



I changed the lighting for the unit that comes with the 46L Edge.

I have my ammonia, Excel, water conditioner, planted it all and have it all ready, only to realise I maybe should have been measuring the amount of water I used to fill it.

I want to start dosing and adding ammonia to start the cycle but I dont know what volume I should dose for. Obvioulsy the substrate and rocks means there's less water than if it was empty. Is it negligible or do I need to know exactly (I know Excel has to be exactly the right amount otherwise its bad).

I don't really want to have to drain my tank (as Id imagine it would disturb things?) or would it be ok / the only way?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 12:23 PM
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looks good.


No need to drain the tank - the difference in water volume between empty and scaped/planted has never even crossed my mind when it comes to dosing. With Flourish Excel - many of us use more than the recommended amount.


I would just start adding the ammonia to start up the cycle - and have at it.


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Thanks Veritas,

So its a 23L tank so for excel I should be dosing 2.875ml. If it was 19L? after substrate and planting etc it should be 2.375ml.
So would you say that 2.8ml would still be save even if it is only meant to be 2.3 or 2ml even? I just want to make sure I am doing everything the best I can to give it the best chance!
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Should be fine with that does of excel,it's not really an exact science, as long as you're close. Also while I don't remember how much ammonia to add, it's not much, and you should have a test kit for it to determine concentration, anywhere from 2-6ppm can be recommended depending on who you talk to. It's best to add the ammonia, wait an hour or so (you can wait longer if it's more convinient), then test so it gets disperesed into the water column. Add more if needed and repeat


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