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Cant remember steps for startup of planted aqaurium

Now I have been out of the game for awhile, and looking to get back in. I'm planning on running a high tech system. I have all the equipment just need the plants.

For some reason though I can't remember the steps after getting the plants in the tank. Only one that I remember is keeping lights on for a short period, and working your way up over a couple weeks to target photoperiod. But I don't remember if ei dosing was also cut in half and worked up, and how many water changes to do in a week in the beginning, etc.

I do remember how it should end up, ei everyday, 8-10 hour photoperiod, and 1/2 water change/reset every week. But I was sure that the startup was very demanding for the first month or so.

Any info is appreciated and thanks in advance hoping to put this 55g in the journals here this time around.

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Are you talking about starting up a tank when you're using ADA AquaSoil as a substrate?





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I've had two high tech tanks over the years, a 20 long and a 55. On both I started both packed with plants, CO 2 and full EI and once a week 50% water change from the get go. Don't remember a ramp up on the photo period.


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If you are using any of several particular substrates they may give off ammonia as they are getting used to being under water. This can be the ammonia supply to get the bacteria going. It will also provide nitrogen for the plants, so even if you have to dose other things, you might not need to dose nitrogen for a while.
Some substrates come with other fertilizers in them, too, and this would alter how you get going on the EI method.

Other than that, taking it slow and ramping up light, CO2 and ferts at the same rate is probably the right way to go about it.

Do not add livestock until whatever ammonia cycle might happen is complete.
When you do add fish or shrimp they might not have been kept in a tank with CO2 so you might need to reduce that for a week or so, then gradually get it back up to the right level.
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Thanks for the replies! I am using ada aquasoil amazonia. if I remember right that has some ammonia that will leak out. Will that affect how many water changes I should do at the start?

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OK, that's what it sounded like.

Yes, you'll need to do quite a few water changes at first to keep the ammonia levels in check with ADA AS.

Some people do daily 50% water changes for the first week or two, until the ammonia levels stay under 4-6ppm on their own, and then bottom out as the substrate gets cycled.

If you have another tank that you can pull some established filter media and mulm from, this can speed things up some.





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Ok perfect I knew there was something. Will do the wc. Thanks for the help.

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