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New Tank, New to Hobby. Need Advice/Help

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Okay, so I just started a new tank. First a list of info,

-90 Gallon
-Fluval Canister filter
-4x65 Coralife (T5?) watt lighting with half blue half white lights.
-Small 45 gram co2 bottle with bubble counter (about 1.5-2 bps)
-heater set at 80 degrees (for cycling purposes)
-water parameters are,
pH-7.6 throught 7.9
Off the charts Nitrates (it just finished fishless cycle) ill be doing some big water changes tonight.
-Substrate is 3 bags Eco-Complete
-0 fish as of now.

Ive also added the reccomended dosage of terta Plant fertalizer

Plants inclued
-Dwarf Hairgrass
-Amazon Sord
-Java Fern
-one unknown small leafy plant (not at home cant see packaging) you may destinguish from my attached picture.

Just a few questions here,

Is co2 nessesary for this tank? I have a very small bottle of co2 in use, but i was considering ceasing the co2 injection when im out. will this ruin the balance?

Is there anything listed above that strikes you as abnormal?(except the huge nitrate number)

how often should i fert the tank?

Is my lighting sufficiant? or Do i have too much lighting for my plants to take in?

I would love to hear any and ALL advice for keeping my tank healthy.

I really want my plants to stay alive as ive invested alot of money into them.

Thank you everyone on this wonderful website! :smile::fish:


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I would think that less like may be good. Several ways to get around that. Reduce the number of bulbs if some will work with other taken out. Some fixtures will, some won't. Reduce the amount of time the lights are on. A $4-5 timer is handy for this. Raise the fixture? Propped higher, hung from ceiling, Hung off a curved electrical conduit?
The reason for less light is that you will be less apt to get overrun with algae. Don't sweat it too much. Most of us have some except for those who don't admit it!
High nitrate is no problem with no fish as it is fertilizer for plants. Too much is bad for fish!!!
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