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Need some advice on my first planted tank.

Hi guys. been a reader of the forums for some time and finally joined!

I found a JBL ProFlora m602 kit for cheap at my local pet store. I purchased it and its sat unused for a few months.

Ive now purchased a fluval edge 46lt and im thinking of installing that unit onto it. I've never used a Co2 unit so im a bit paranoid that its massively overkill or that i wont install it properly and have a situation on my hands lol.

I plan to monitor the ph via my pinpoint PH monitor which i have left over from my Reef tank setup.

What should i look out for when setting it up? how do i know if im injecting too much?

As ive mentions its a new setup, its been up and running for a day. layer of jbl aquabasis plug followed by a layer of fluval stratum substrate for the top covering and a few basic plants. should i inject co2 immediately or let the tank fully cycle first?

I've got a load more plants on order which i could temporarily house in my 150litre setup though the angels and plecos in there like to nibble at them.

thanks in advance.
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Get into co2 and fertilizer additives if you really want some explosive growth in the plants. I'm not an expert on co2, so I'll leave that to others.

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The best way to know if you are injecting to much is to watch the fauna. If they are gasping at the surface or all on the bottom then you have to much co2. A lot of people use drop checkers to monitor the amount of c02 in the tank. Co2 in my opinion is definitely not overkill.

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thanks guys. well theres no livestock other than plants at the moment. the tank is in its cycle phase during which im also planting stuff.

ive ordered a few more bits including a bubble counter, double check valves and a co2 atomiser.

the guy at my lfs did raise some interesting questions though. it seemed to think that co2 could be a bad idea in a tank like the fluval edge 46 due to the lack of space for it to escape out of. kinda weird because i figured thats exactly what id want. the long it stays in the better. to counter that though i suppsoe a ph controller would be in order?

what do you think?
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