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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Any advice for my new tank?

46 Gallon Bow Front
MARINELAND Penguin 350B Power Filter
MARINELAND Penguin 200 Power Filter
Beamworks LED 36" 2600 Timer 6500K 42x 1W 2600 Lumen
(Looking to purchase Finnex Ray2 Aquarium )
Flourite Aquarium Plant Substrate
Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid (Runs from 9am to 9pm, 2 bubbles a second)
10 gallon CO2 tank
ISTA CO2 Indicator Drop Checker
50 OsmocoteŠ Plus Aquarium Plant Fertilizer Root Tabs
Seachem Flourish
Plants so far: Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Ball, Anubias Nana Petite, Sword, and Water Sprite. Just ordered a planted package from eBay. Trying to start off simple to see if I can even grow plants.
Is there any other fertilizer I need to be using?
Will the Finnex Ray2 light overkill?
Should I have a KH/GH test kit?


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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-12-2015, 02:01 AM
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The container that Osmocote+ comes in says "up to 6 months" so I replace them
every 5 months when I use them. But don't over do it. 6 would be enough for that tank.
One row end to end in the center starting 6" from the end.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/10...ht-plants.html
12 hrs of light is too much. If you want A.M. and P.M. viewing then split the time
with a light timer. But I would use the light you have till you get some plants in
there and see how it works or if it might be too low after you see how they grow/w
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The more plants you get the more likely that you will need to add ferts. The ones listed as PPS Pro on this list would be a good starting place.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/15...ug|others.html
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Get some duckweed to fight algae.
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The ray2 should work out great for that tank, especially since your already running co2. Only thing I would do is add more plants! good luck!

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I do have more plants on the way. Not a big fan of duckweed. Had it years ago and once you have it, seems like you can never get rid of it. Always filled up filter. Also, I would think that it would light?
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Sorry, block the light from getting to the bottom of the tank
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Well, Duckweed is good on new tanks. But if you don't use it, make sure you monitor your lights very carefully and do not use Co2 right away.
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Don't use co2 right away? Where did you get that from? Why would you limit what the plants want/need to grow?

If you are going to hinder the plants ability to grow, you are inviting algae to come in. Provide what the plants need and let them outcompete the algae. You should be using the co2 right from the start.
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From my experience, algae seems to occur more from low or fluctuating co2 than ANYTHING else. The last thing you would want to do is wait on setting up the co2. Get that baby cranking and all dialed in ASAP! That will help you fight algae better than anything else. Duckweed is terrible btw...

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I don't know what type of fish that is, but it looks very large. It is recommend that a fish can swim at least 8× its body length in an aquarium for it to be comfortable, with some fish needing more. Will you be moving it?


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Already have. It was up rooting plants.
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Is the piranha (or is that a pacu?) still in the tank? It needs a much bigger tank than that.

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Tin foil Barb, but like I said, it went to the local fish store today. I really didn't beleive he was to big for the tank. I seen a lot bigger fish in smaller tank. Just look at the Betta's ever time you visit Walmart. Now that isn't fair to a fish living in a cup.
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Hey dude... seriously.... I feel plant a lot more than what is there... this is a recipe for algae... otherwise the look of the tank is awesome.... love the light... love the clear glass.... love the substrate the most... love the fish.... PLease for the love of god... remove that bg.... get a black one... I guess that came with the tank...

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Sure you may have seen bigger fish in smaller tanks but that doesn't mean they're healthy or happy in there. Using Walmart as an example further proves that it is not a good idea. Anyways I'm glad you fixed the problem.

I agree with everyone else to start looking in to CO2 and fertilizer once your plants come in. Also consider removing the background.
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