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Osmocote Plus without CO2

People have always told me that I would have algae blooms if I did not use CO2 and used dry ferts along with high light (3 wpg). I want folks to see for themselves if this is true. I have attached an image of my first planted tank and it has the following traits I mentioned earlier in the paragraph.
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Do you think that you might list the number of hrs per day and how many months/years this tank has been running on this schedual/dosing/light combo ? And also possibly list the size of the tank plus a better description of the light other than 3 WPG ?
Like a 40B tank/w 2 x T5 bulbs for example. The title says "Osmocote+ without CO2" is Osmocote what you are calling dry ferts ?
It would be very helpfull to any who may wish to do what you have done if the above details were included.

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^^^Agreed

What is the PAR data for your light fixture?!?! WPG is out dated, and no longer used as a rule for aquarium lighting. Aquarium lighting is now based on PAR....

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If you put the osmocot + into the substrate properly it won't cause algae, the 'high light' can though. I have the root tabs all over a 12g (spread out so 1 tab per 3"square space). I only have hair algae at one end of the tank because its close to another tank with another light so it gets 'high light' at that corner and 'medium' everywhere else. I need to find a way to shade it form the second light without having to "black out" background the tank since its suppose to be viewed from all sides.

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Man, you guys are intense! Lol, I feel like I'm onstage at a TED talk. Before I begin providing details about this setup, I urge y'all to consider the fact that this is my first planted aquarium. This setup is a 55L that has been started 3 and a 1/2 months ago and is running 2 x 48watts t5-ho lighting fixtures (I made a typo on the first post - it's almost 2wpg but like someone pointed out, the PAR rating should be higher for T5HOs) . As for the PAR rating - forgive me, I have not measured it (still noob status). The lights come on at 11AM and turn off at 7:30 (8.5 hours total). I have two heaters but only one is plugged in because the heat provided by the lighting is more than sufficient to raise and stabilize the water temperature for the rest of the day. I apologize if Osmocote Plus is not considered as a dry fert because it is what I was referring to when I said "dry ferts". I stuffed the osmocote into 0 size gel capsules that were placed 3" deep in Caribsea Eco-complete substrate. In addition to the osmocote plus, I also dose seachem flourish comprehensive once a week. I hope I answered all of your questions and please forgive me for any grammatical and spelling errors for I am typing on an iphone.

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WPG was invented when they used T12 and T8 bulbs. It is only a general rule of thumb however as anyone can see that a 20 long with 2 WPG and a 20 high with 2 WPG will grow plants differently simply because even though the WPG is the same the distance from the bulb to the plant is different.
It is a VERY nice tank for a first. Great job...
I use Osmocote, but first I just started, and I just push the beads down into the sub with my tweezers as my plants are small still and I just use two or three beads under each of them. I also use Flourish and Tetra Pride for ferts in the water.

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Nice looking tank. What kind of light fixture do you have? Specifically interested in the brand and/or the type of reflector it has.

I had a very similar set-up on my 75 gallon for a few months. Two T5HO in a hydroponic fixture, with "fair" reflectors, 4" off the surface. Ferts were Osmocote+ and Flourish Comp, 2-3x daily Excel, roughly 10 hour photo period - virtually no algae. Having a large plant mass definitely helps.


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The lighting fixtures are a couple of 24" T5HO Zoomed AquaSun fitted with 6700k bulbs. I have removed the glass canopy on the tank to prevent any loss of light penetration. In addition to those lights, I sometimes (when the plants are freshly trimmed) add a compact fluorescent light bulb that doubles as my desk lamp on the spot where the plants have been trimmed. While that additional light is running - I dose Flourish Comprehensive by Seachem with a small 5ml dosage of Excel on the same spot (spot treatment with a no needle syringe). Thank you guys for your reassuring comments, it helps me maintain my motivation.

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