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Tank filled!!! To leave CO2 on or not for the first night?

Alright so I just filled my 20long after a 60 ish day DSM with HC. CO2 on and lights on to make sure everything works, and it does. I'm gonna run an 8 hour photo period as suggested by the TPT, thank you for all your help, I was wondering if I should leave the CO2 on all night every night, just for the first night, or turn it off and and back on tomorrow to set it on a daily schedule? Thanks and i'll have my tank journal updated tomorrow.
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If you do not have a solenoid, then you can just leave your CO2 running 24/7, though you will run through it 3 times faster than if you were to turn it on/off with a solenoid.

I would not recommend turning it on/off manually everyday, because there is bound to be a day that you will forget...

Most people use a solenoid to turn on the CO2 just a bit before the lights turn on, and to turn off the CO2 just a bit before the lights turn off.

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If you do not have a solenoid, then you can just leave your CO2 running 24/7, though you will run through it 3 times faster than if you were to turn it on/off with a solenoid.

I would not recommend turning it on/off manually everyday, because there is bound to be a day that you will forget...

Most people use a solenoid to turn on the CO2 just a bit before the lights turn on, and to turn off the CO2 just a bit before the lights turn off.
Well I have it running on the same timer that my lights are running on which is 8hrs a day. I also need to buy a new timer cause mines heavy duty old school :P thanks for the help
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Well I have it running on the same timer that my lights are running on which is 8hrs a day. I also need to buy a new timer cause mines heavy duty old school :P thanks for the help
Yeah, use another timer. Get the CO2 going 1-3 hours before the lights come on (depending on the tank size), and have the CO2 shut off about 1-3 hours before the lights go out too.
The objective is to have the water saturated with CO2 as soon as the plants "wake up".

EDIT: Also, make sure you begin dosing your ferts too!


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Co2 goes on an hour before lights go on and goes off an hour before lights go off.
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Yeah, use another timer. Get the CO2 going 1-3 hours before the lights come on (depending on the tank size), and have the CO2 shut off about 1-3 hours before the lights go out too.
The objective is to have the water saturated with CO2 as soon as the plants "wake up".

EDIT: Also, make sure you begin dosing your ferts too!
Ok that makes sense.
Something that I could never seem to find enough information about is ferts. I know that ferts are necessary for planted tanks and I've heard of the ones that come up often such as excel or iron. Either way im still not sure how to come up with what ferts to dose and a weekly schedule, any help as I can't find much on this top cause I think its tank specific. Thanks!
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Have you taken a look at my Primer to Planted Aquariums (linked in my signature below)? There is some helpful information regarding fertilizers as well as some links for additional reading material.

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