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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2005, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Fertilizer Input Please

I am in the design stage of a 10 gallon planted aquarium. It looks like it is going to have 100% eco-complete substrane, 2x36watts of light and pressurized CO2. I dont know what plants I want yet but I am trying to get all of my stuff together. Here is a list of fertilizer that I believe I need. I am currently planning on ordering from greg watson because that seems the best way to go.

1 lb KNO3
2 lb K2SO4
1 lb KH2PO4
1 lb CSM+B

Also should I get something for iron and also order some floursih

Tell me if I am missing something or if I should order more of less of something.
I obtain this information from Rex's Guide to Fertilizer. Again I am new at this and I am trying to get the stuff I need together. Thank you for your input.

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That sounds ok. CSM is similar to Flourish in that it provides the micronutrients. Some people add extra iron as well.

Your lighting would concern me, in that 72W for a 10 is a LOT of lighting. If it were me, I would go with only 36 or a 2x13 until your tank balances out. Ramp up later if you find you need to.

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Yeah I thought that the 72 watts of light would be alot but I also dont what to up grade later. I plan on going slow with it though. Just using 36 watts for a week then the following week turning the other light on for an hour then the following week two hours. I am going to do it slow letting the tank balance. I just dont what to be left hanging short on light. Anyways as far as I know it is had to judge the amount of light on a small tank like this. They say the more the better right?
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Keep in mind that it's a lot easier to manage lower light than higher light. High light really demands a commitment to stay on top of everything. For newbies, I would think you want a positive experience when you start so that you will continue with the pursuit of the planted tank. If you are faced with a constant battle of algae, depression soon sets in and it's easy to say the hey with it, and the tank then becomes another garage sale item or hamster cage.

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Bret H I totally agree with you statements and I am aware of the challenges that will lie ahead of me. I am also well aware of the commitment. I do currently own a 55 gallon freshwater community fish tank and also a custom 90 gallon reef tank which is doing very well and in which I perform weekly water changes and maintenance. I am on the path that I choose because I wanted to do a beautiful planted tank and I believe I am on the right track. I just need everyoneís input because that is the only way that I am go to be successful. I choose a 10 gallon because of size, amount of room and money also I can custom insert it into my computer desk without trouble. I didnít mean to come across in a bad why if I did. I do appreciate it when someone tries to stop someone from making a bad mistake. It is a big hobby and I am just trying to get started. Thank you.

By the way I choose this much light because I donít know if I would be happy with option of have low light plants only. I have looked at picture and done the reading and I just donít know. I was thinking about giving my plans to a freshwater plant company and have them pick the appropriate plants for my tank and aqua-scaping structure. This was to be done in order to get me in the hobby and learning about the different plants and seeing what I like and donít like.

Any information would be great Thank You.

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wow, now I don't feel so guilty for wanting 275 watts over my 58
I've been warned that I am trying a turbocharged system.

I am currious about just how much light that is going to be in such a short water column though.

My tank background is not as spotless as yours though. I will ignore a tank if I can. My ciclid tank got little to no maintenance for extended periods - other than food and topping off the water. Would love to say there was no ill effect - 3 years of a decent looking low maintnance. Then things turned south. New tank is placed so I have to care for it daily - so far it has been fairly relaxing (at liest the daily stuff - though hardware problems are stressing me out, figuring out fert is too).
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Tend to agree with Bert on lighting but you might whine up choosing some plants that are in demand for higher light. Just so long as they are above 6500 K. 10 gallon tends to be more problematic than your 20 or higher but with right amount of dosing, CO2 and lighting, you should be okay but nothing short of patience and more patience. I have most of what you've mentioned on Greg Watson's fert. They seem to be working great.!
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