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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on my new setup?

Hi,

This is my first planted tank. 30G.
42W Lighting, Its been up for couple of days.
Based on todays reading.
PH 7.4
GH 8
KH 4
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 4

I was trying to do fishless cycling. I added some fish food to get ammonia. I am assuming some bacteria must have come from plants to start the process. Since I see Nitrate already, I am guessing its working.

Questions:
1. Is the GH of 8 good...bad?
2. I haven't added any fertilizer yet, but I am planning on using EI method. Can I add fertilizer right away or should I wait for few weeks since substrate should have lot of nutrients.
3. I am planning to add few algae feeders like shrimp. Will they survive during cycling? or is there any alternative choice?
4. I know I am running low on CO2. probably have to get a setup. Any idea on what's the best pressurized CO2 setup under $150?

This is my tank currently.
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1) Should be fine.
2) Dose right away.
3) They will absolutely not survive the cycling process.
4) Buy someones set up from on here.
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Awesome.. Thanks..
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