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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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New tank Dilemma

Hi guys,

I want to set up a completely new planted tank. I understand the whole cycle the tank first and put fish in later. now my problem is with the co2. I have read many times that do not put co2 on fishless tank. I also have high lighting..at least 3 wpg. do i put co2 right when the tank gets set up? or wait until fish is introduced?

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If you have high light you will want to introduce the Co2 immediately. Not doing so could result in an algae farm. There are plenty of people on here with fishless tanks using Co2. You will probably need to look into fertilization of some sort to keep the plants well fed, especially with the lack of fish though.
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but would'nt the nutrients from a new substrate be enough for the plants to be well fed for a few days untill fish is introduced?
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but would'nt the nutrients from a new substrate be enough for the plants to be well fed for a few days untill fish is introduced?

Is a marketing ploy. Your substrate is inert. It can retain nutrients from the water column. Itself it has little nutrients. You should read up on EI dosing first. I know it is very overwhelming at first but that's the nature of hobby...


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You will def need some sort of fertilization if you plan on using the other components of that system (light, co2...) Esp. if you DO have inert substrate. And some substrates are not inert. (eg. dirt, AS, akadama, MTS, other unbaked clays, etc). I assume you're in this to grow plants, not algae.

try pmdd if you're afraid of dumping so much powder into your tank all at once... theplantedtank.co.uk helped me out with the ratios in the beginning. You might want to tweak it later though.

And why wouldn't you put co2 on a fishless tank? If it were me, I'd douse it with co2. (well, within reason) Fish alone don't create enough nutrients for a planted tank (and when they do, rarely in the right ratios)

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Ogh ok i understand. So What do you guys think would be the best fertilization and substrate?
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Whatever gives you the nutrients the plants need lol. there is really two kinds, dry and premixed/ wet. you need to read up on the dosing regime to see what your needing to add.

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