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Input on ferts

Ok so I thought I'd go simple with my 80 gallon and choose to stock the tank with .

fissidens fontanus
Weeping moss
Dwarf hairgrass

Only now my tests to determin fert dosing is not going well . I know I don't need lots but I want to make sure my plants are healthy and at there best .

Im running 2x 48" T5 ho
Compressed Co2
ADA aqua soil mixed with Shultz aqua soil

So if you have a similar setup or just know a good fert balance please share .
Oh and I have dry ferts on hand and flourish excel


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I say just keep upping your dosage until you see improvements.

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Lol as of now all I'm seeing is GDA


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Lol as of now all I'm seeing is GDA


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Lots of good information here:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
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You may have a lot more light than you need, making life more complicated than is necessary. Can you run just one bulb in the light? And, is it a quality T5HO light or a FishNeedIt or Odyssea light?

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You may have a lot more light than you need, making life more complicated than is necessary. Can you run just one bulb in the light? And, is it a quality T5HO light or a FishNeedIt or Odyssea light?
Yeah I could run one light . I'm running 2 48" Sunblasters in the fixture that came with my fluval Osaka tank . Iv always had good results using Sunblasters


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Well I guess I was wrong , I can't run only 1 as soon as I take out a bulb the other won't run . Maybe it's just me but 2 bulbs should not be too much .


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Blake, when I was running that setup I didn't have algae issues. But it seems to me that it's a little early to be dosing a full fert schedule. How long had the tank been running? (Don't lie, I know when I sold you it )

I was running that fixture for nearly two years with no algae issues so make sure your co2 is running well and consistently. I always get GDA with fresh tanks so you might just need to keep up the water changes and ride it out.

At this point I would be dosing very lightly if at all unless the tank is well grown in and at least a month or so old.

That light hanger is handy if you need to raise the light a bit, or you can put window screen between the fixture and tank to drop the light. Now that I think of it, I generally ran old/ cheap bulbs and had the light off the water about 8-10" so I could have the wood poke out the top.

Best to keep it simple and dose EI with your weekly 50% water changes, but the Aquasoil should keep you going for the first bit.


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How's it going Justin !

I set it up about 2 weeks after I got it from ya . Wanted too sooner but had floor problems .



I have made a few changes and added more lava rock

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If you find that algae are a problem you should be able to disconnect the connector cord to the second light and run only the one. Also, if the lights are widely separated, and the tank is 16" or more front to back depth, you may only have medium to high intensity light with both bulbs operating.

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