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1st 10 gallon planted tank..........

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I first start off by saying this is my first attempt at a planted tank. I have been keeping a 20 gallon FW community tank for over a year. After weeks of research and craming my brain with information, I decided it was time to make the jump. This is how I planted my 10 gallon:

Foreground:
1 Anubias coffeefolia
8 dwarf sag

Middle:
4 java ferns
1 red wendtii

Background:
4 anachris

I also have 1 congenis and 1 ceylon that will be ready to pick up on Monday and I am ordering some more fast growers from aquabid.com. My question is based on my lighting, (2) 15 watt compact flourescent screw-in bulbs, for a 10 gallon tank, will I need to use any chemical ferts or Do2/excel? I was trying for a low light-low maintence tank to start. Would it be better to use (2) 10 watt compact flourescent bulbs? Any help will be greatly appreciate. I added 6 gold tetras and Bio-Spira along with the plants.

After 36 hours my water parameters were as follows:

Ammonia=0
Nitrite=0
Nitrate=5

I feel so lost and confused. My brain is about to explode!! I have gather lots of information from other forums but everyone tells me something different. Also, do I need to purchase liquid ferts or should I wait until the tank matures?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-27-2006, 02:44 PM
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I'd do a simple DIY CO2 2L bottle. Without it my Anacharis grew a bit slow, with it the plants were reaching the top in no time.

Mine is connected to a 39 cent airstone positioned directly under my HOB intake tube. Cost is dirt cheap too.

Can't help you on the lighting. Still learning that myself
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what i noticed from the flora that you are using in your tank,most of them are slow growers so i believe that your tank should be able to do without the liquid ferts for about 1-2 weeks. The presence of liquid ferts may encourage algae growth in your tank which is stocked with slow grow plants. After 1 week or so,you may add a little of the liquid fert but bear in mind not to follow the amount that is required by med or high light tanks. It is always alright to keep levels lower at the beginning. Better to let your plants starve a little first then allow them to bounce back later than to end up having to battle an algae outbreak.

I also noticed that you have added fishes to your tank,that is great..during this period of time,you need to cloely monitor your tank's parameters as the tank is still going through the cycling stage. I am sure if you read REX's guide,you will get a better insight into it. I am also still in the process of learning so all the best to you=)
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