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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2011, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Can I get some start-up advice?

I've ordered my tank and am reading as much as I can. I'll be starting with a 6g LED lit tank and am planning on doing a fairly low tech, planted tank.

I'm wondering about what the best startup method is going to be, I haven't found too much info on optimal starts. I'm in no rush, so I'd like to get the best start I can to avoid future headaches.

I've seen tanks that have been started with no water, and just plants and I'm can't find an explanation to this yet. Is this advisable?

Also, should I buy all the plants I'd like upfront, or add as I go. Is there an advantage to one way over the other?

I plan on having a small school of CPD's and some shrimp/snails. I've read that shrimp don't take well to co2 dosing and I was planning on dosing excel if needed. Good or bad idea?

Anything you can give me from a startup perspective will be hugely appreciated!!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 12:36 AM
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Since you're in no rush I say do a dry start. Pick a nutrient rich substrate and pick some foreground plants and let them grow out. Just spray dialy with water and cover the top and turn on the lights. When you get the growth you like flood it and since your plants will be established the will be able to outcompete algae
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I've read that co2 is needed for dry starts....does excel work as a replacement in this situation? Also, what about the cycle. should I then do a fishless cycle to be certain?

Also, if I was wanting java ferns on DW, is this something I'd do once I filled the tank?
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I've never had trouble keeping shrimp with high flow pressurized CO2 + excel.

I've never done the "dry start" method. It's not necessary. Everything can be grown submerged but only certain plants can be grown emersed.

It's good to start with a substantial amount of plants--especially quick growing stuff. It helps get the ecosystem established.

Good luck
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thanks!
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The CO2 you need for a dry start is in the air. I have always done a fish less cycle. If you know someone that already has a fishtank running though maybe they will let you seed your filter with theirs.
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