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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2015, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Eco complete dosing

I have a 10g tank with eco complete and pressurized co2. Have HC,Rotala wallichii and red Ludwigia in it. When do i start dosing ferts?
I have more plants coming in today from a TPT member.

I was planning on going with a dirt substrate, but i messed up and it was horrifying experience

If it was dirt, i would have not asked this question for a while, but since I had to go with Eco complete, I would like to know when all the dosing need to start?

I am running a CFL 65W(150W equivalent) with clamp on aluminium reflector.
No fish/shirmp in it and no heater either.
Is a heater must?
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Start dosing ferts now, since eco complete is inert in actuality (don't believe the BS on the back of the bags). Actually, I would bet that you have 2-3 times as much light as you need and algae might be a big issue or such a small tank - cut down on that too if you want to avoid any headaches in the future.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2015, 12:03 AM
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+1 ^^^ especially regarding the lighting. You could easily shoot for half that, maybe 32w and still be pushing really high PAR for that size tank.

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More people are successful with the 13W bulb in a 10g than any other Watt for the bulb.

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already moved the bulb away from the surface. Its like 5-6 inches from the surface.. but i cannot move it further unless i drill the wall again

going to order dry fertz bundle from GLA. is there any other recommendations?
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saw few algae on the leaf for the first time today. Relaced the 65W CFL bulb with 23W CFL bulb. dosing using EI method.
Hopefully algae would slowly go away. Drop checker is mostly yellow when the lights are on. Atleast until algae is gone. No live stock in tank so no worry abt too much co2 levels.

The plants were growing really well on that 65W bulb :P
so were the algae

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