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am i on the right track?

I have a 20 gallon long.
Fluval subtrate
Pressurized co2 (3bps)
Coralife t5 ho (1 31watt 10k, 1 18watt 6700k)
Eheim ecco 2232
Dwarf baby tears
Dwarf hair grass
Java moss on driftwood
And some plants (Idk what it is..)

Tanks been planted about 2 weeks ago, timer for co2 and lights runs from 8am to 4pm (8hrs)

I just wanna know if I'm on the right track, 25% water change once a week, and haven't doses any fertz yet.. I have tho bottles of seachem iron,phoporous(spelling) nitrogen, excel, potassium, and One that recommend to put in refrigeration after use.

When do I start dosing, etc? The lights enough for my tank?! Need help pls..

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49w of HO light four inches above the water line? I'd wait for someone more knowledgeable to chime in, but I think you'll need to hang that light up higher, that's a huge amount of light so close to the substrate.


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About how much higher? I don't got no hanging kit, any suggestion on how to , raise it up higher?
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I do like the way the tank looks and I do respect the effort that already went into it. I would start fertilizing now, on the lean side. As far as the light goes, I personally do not see an issue. Obviously, different things work for different people and I might be in a minority: all my tanks are very high light tanks. If you decide that you have too much light for your needs, you can always un-screw one of the bulbs.

A great start!

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Thanks OVT
It's my first planted tank so I'm hoping it comes out okay. I'm fairly new, and I don't know where to begin when it comes to fertz.. I do have fertz.. but what do I start with? Can I dose all fertz at once, what fertz should I dose of the following fertz that I listed that I have?
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There are literally TONS of post on fertilization - some confusing, some more common sense. Ferts are in two groups: NPK (primary basic fertilizers) and traces and people commonly dose them on alternate days. For pre-made fertilizers, Seachem, Kent, and ADA are good commercial brands. Start with dosing instructions on the bottles and see how your plants react. After a while, you will figure out that pre-mixed fertilizers do get expensive. That's one of the reasons people buy specific chemicals and mix their own.

Read some of the posts, give it a try with commercial pre-mixes and ask questions: we are here to help out.

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