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Glosso, ferts, algae ques??

I have a 10 gallon tank planted only with glosso and no fish as of yet. The substrate is eco-complete and I am using a Hagen Co2 system with a total of 51 watts over the tank. The tank has been planted for a little over 2 weeks now and I understand that ferts should be used around 4 weeks. However, my glosso seems to be turing a slight brown and I was wondering if I should begin dosing my ferts now or wait. Also I am getting a tiny bit of algae and wondering what may be causing it (I use R0/DI water and leave my lights on for 8 hrs/day). In addition, would using ferts now make the algae worse?
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Not sure where you heard about waiting 4 weeks to start fertilizing. If you haven't already do a quick search on rex's guide, and give it a read.

Personally I would start fertilizing right away. Ro water contains no nutrients. The algea is probalby coming from the decaying plant matter (giving the algea the N).

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You need to start dosing some GH booster or Seachem's Equillibrium to get back the calcium and magnesium you removed. And, all plants need nutrients, so you need to be dosing fertilizers, especially with that much light. I suggest getting a half dozen or so cheap little fish in there too, to make sure the tank cycles. And, for that much light you need a source of carbon for the plants, so adding Excel would be a good idea if you don't want to use CO2.

There are going to be algae spores in your water and substrate no matter what you do, so the goal is to keep the plants growing well and in good health, and avoid any spikes of ammonia, plus avoid any shortages or wild changes in CO2 in the water - the latter two would tell the algae spores to start blooming.

Read Rex Griggs guide for more information.

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