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Old 02-22-2006, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just setup a new 29 gallon. 65watts x 2 PC lighting. Aquasoil with mulm and peat, however I ended up using less plants for now then I originally wanted too. I am waiting for some plants to come via mail, and only have 4 or 5 anubias plus 30% or so of the tank bottom covered with Blyxa japonica. I am going to use EI but havent added any ferts. I know I should have planted heavier from the start but when I took my old setup down I didnt want to use alot of the plants I planned on due to condition. My question is should I add some NPK for now even with the light plant load, and how much?? Trying to avoid algae issues. Tom? anyone?
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Here is the link to EI: http://www.barrreport.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1

Mid way through the article you will find Typical Dosing Routine for a 20g tank in bold letters. I would probably use half of this dosage until your plants come. I would then follow the dosages Tom recommends. I also wouldn't run both 65w lights on that tank until you get it filled with plants. One light would probably be more than enough even under a full plantload.

More important than adding too many nutrients is making sure you have stable and consistent CO2. You don't mention your use of CO2 but I assume you are using pressurized given the amount of light you have.
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yes you are correct. pressurized co2.
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Gwet more plants, there is nothing else you can do to resolve that. You will get algae otherwise.

Get some cheap plants etc, buy some, trade etc

But you need to get as many pklants in there.
You can get plants just like you can get CO2/all that light, ferts etc.

Never ever skimp on this.
It's the worst thing you can do in the start up.

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i have more plants on the way and i shut down one of my lights so i only have 65 watts going (actually 55 watt ge bulb). they should be here tomorrow or the day after but should i add any ferts at all in the meantime for hte next dayh or so? I havent yet.
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Did you get your other plants yet?

I would add some ferts just in case. The Anubias will probably do fine without them but the Blyxa may not. Of course this would depend on where you got the Blyxa and how/if it was fertilized by its previous owner.
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