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Balancing act

So I think I have everything I need now I have no idea where to start

72g bowfront

4x54w t5ho
2x6700k daylight
1x5000k flora bulb
1x10000k daylight

How long should this be on for?

Pressurized c02,inline reactor, lily pipes, how many bubble per a second should I start with?

Hydor 300w inline heater temp at 26.1c

Sea chem flourish comprehensive supplement
Sea Chen flourish iron
Sea chem flourish patasium

Do I need anything else? How often should I dose these?

I am terrible at remembering plant names but here is a pic of the tank. I started it a few weeks ago and Im still adding plants and rearranging but this is where I'm at for now

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I would start slow, then increase all these as the plants get better rooted and start growing.

Can you turn of and off each bulb separately? Or in pairs? I would set up a mid-day burst sort of timing. Here is a sample:
4x54w t5ho
2x6700k daylight- Link one of these with the daylight. Link the other with the flora.
1x5000k flora bulb- On 12 hours.
1x10000k daylight- On 2 hours mid day. If the plants need more, increase the time this one and the one of the 6700k are on.

How long should this be on for?

Pressurized c02,inline reactor, lily pipes, how many bubble per a second should I start with? Do you have a drop checker? I would run the CO2 just barely enough to drop the pH from 7.0 to 6.5 or something similar. Just to start. Your plants will use more as they get going.

Hydor 300w inline heater temp at 26.1c

Sea chem flourish comprehensive supplement- Trace minerals. Dose per the low-end instructions at first, then, as you increase the CO2 and light, increase this. You will probably end up using the maximum amount the manufacturer suggests when the plants are really thriving.
Sea Chen flourish iron- Dose per the low-end instructions at first, then, as you increase the CO2 and light, increase this. You will probably end up using the maximum amount the manufacturer suggests when the plants are really thriving.
Sea chem flourish potasium- Dose per the low-end instructions at first, then, as you increase the CO2 and light, increase this. You will probably end up using the maximum amount the manufacturer suggests when the plants are really thriving.

Do I need anything else?
If you will have a pretty big fish load the fish food will bring in some nitrogen and phosphorus, but not very much for such a high-tech tank. Such high light and CO2 will demand that you also supply more N and P. I would get these, also, and like the other ferts, dose low end amounts while things are still settling in and getting established. Then you will probably increase these fertilizers to the maximum.

Ultimately you will probably switch to dry fertilizers because of using so much of all of these.

How often should I dose these? I would start with the manufacturers suggestion, but it is also OK to dose half as much twice as often.
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