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Hello everybody:
I did a new setup in my 75g aquarium, 4 x 54 T5 HO, CO2, substrate with procesed earthworm castings, an da period of 11 hrs of lighting.
Lots of plants.
My questions:
-Do I have to start dosing macros and micros from first week?
-When to start doing water changes?

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Hola Sr Bolanos, welcome to the Planted Tank!

I would wait with dosing for a little while until plants show some growth (and are therefore able to process additional nutrients). Adding CO2 from the get-go is good. Wait two weeks or so then start to add micros as new growth shows some yellow or light color. After another 2 weeks, check NO3 and start adding if necessary. Then, a little later carefully start dosing K and P.

Just my way to avoid algae trouble... Others will tell you to go full blast from the beginning...

Water changes... I do them from the beginning, but maybe it isn't really necessary.


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I would start dosing right away. The plants will start sucking it down that fast and you want to avoid algae problems that come from depletion.

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I too would start dosing in the first few days. Fast growing stem plants can double their size in less than a week and there is no way that they have that amount of stored nutrients.
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Others will tell you to go full blast from the beginning...
I'd tell you to go full blast from the beginning!

It would depend on what you plant in my opinion. If you start with lots of stem plants, then ferts right away will work great. If, however, you start with a lot of root-feeders then you may want to wait just a few days.
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LOL! I am a prophet!!!

(Seen too many ppl reporting algae explosions... I guess some enjoy them )


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start right away and do your water changes this gives the plants what they need and the water changes prevent a buildup of nutrients .
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Thank you very much for your answers.

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75 g tank, 4 x 54 T5 HO, Eheim 2215 to disolve presurized CO2, Eheim 2026.
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