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Alright, First Question: I'm 3 days into my cycle, adding fish food (2 tablespoons) daily. Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrites, all read 0. How long will they stay at zero? Should I add more fish food? PH 7.4.


Second: My plants appear to be melting? I have the organic potting soil base, granite top. Currently not dosing ferts, do not want to do CO2. 6.5 hour light cycle (dual T5's). Green holes are appearing, there is "melting" on some edges, some of the leaves seem flimsier than when first placed in the tank. Is this just shock from the new environment? Or something else?


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Thanks all!


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All of my experience is on a 10g, but it sounds like you're putting in a lot too much fish food. Using pure Ammonia is more measureable. Buy more plants from To Buy/Sell here.

I'm assuming "Granite top" is sand. Hope those T5's are HO. I think that the photoperiod is too short. I don't go below 8 hours.

I'm sorry but I don't know what's bothering the plants. You could check the general hardness (GH) and it should be at least 6 dGH. You can increase it if necessary using Seachem Equilibrium as directed on the label.
 
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