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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2002, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi: I hope this query is in order.
New tank setup as of Aug. 14th.Just
water and gravel in tank thus far. Put
Hornwort in water today(floating).
Should I add a plant fertilizer now. I
intend to add guppies in about 2
weeks if i can locate some watersprite
and desirable guppies.
I want to make sure I do things the
right way.
Thanks,Charlie
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I would definitely add some plant fertilizer and I wouldnt worry too much about waiting so long to add the fish. I would add fish in the next couple of days. Just make sure to acclimate them to the ph and temp. by splashing a little aquarium water into the bag over a 1 hour period. they'll be fine. The hornwort will actually thrive on the surplus ammonia and remove it from the water. your biological filter may develop a little slower because the plants are using up most of the ammonia that the bacteria would normally use to develop. Thats not really a problem. If you do not add fish soon your plants will most likely die since they wont have any nitrogen to feed off of.
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would definitely add some plant fertilizer and I wouldnt worry too much about waiting so long to add the fish
I would have to disagree. As you are still in the midst of cycling your tank there are plenty of things in the water for the hornwort to make use of. Adding fertilizer would just make it worse because, one hornwort doesn't really need fertilizer it will grow fine without, and two adding fert. will only benefit the algae at this point.

Also I would hold off on adding any fish until your cycle has finished. If I were you I would go to your LFS and check for a test kit pack made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. It contains all the basics like, nitrate, ammonia, nitrite, ph and KH.

Check out this excellent article on fishless cycling.

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If you do not add fish soon your plants will most likely die since they wont have any nitrogen to feed off of
This is not true as all you would have to do is add fish food to the water which will be converted to nitrogen just like fish poo would.

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I'd have to agree with Fendor, do not add fertilizer in the form of Nitrates or phosphates. Perhaps you meant plant supplements such as Seachem Flourish or Tetra's Flora Pride? That would be fine. You'd just be establishing a good base of micronutrients that the plants need. But for their core need for nitrogen - the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate being developed in a new tank should be plenty.

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