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Beginner help? Is thisExcel supported fertilizer plan appropriate for my tank/goals?

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by duganderson, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. duganderson

    duganderson Junior Poster

    Aug 26, 2012
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    I recently started a 6 or 7 gallon planted cube tank with medium intensity LED light (approximate equivalent to 3 watts/g.)? I added 2 inches of Eco Complete and Anubias Bartei Nana, Anacharis, Dwarf Sag and Water Wisteria. Fish include a Beta, a few other small fish (soon to be added like cardinal tetras or CPD), and a japenese algae shrimp. I plan to add more plants today. I would like a fairly simple fertilizer plan with medium growth until my plants get bigger. Then I plan to back off on Excell for a slow growth, low pruning plan.

    I'm planning to use the Barr Report inspired method specified in the article:

    The article recommend...

    Dosing fertilizers and Excel:
    A 20 gallon tank using excel should get:

    1/8 teaspoon of KNO3, 1-2x a week
    1/16 teaspoon of KH2PO4, 1-2x a week
    2mls of Seachem Flourish, 2x a week
    SeaChem Equilibrium 1/8th once a week (Immediately after weekly water change)
    50% weekly water change
    Dose 1-1.5x the recommended dose for Excel (1 ml for every 10 gallons on a daily basis and 5ml for every 10 gallon after 40% or more water changes).

    Is this a good plan for my tank? Any other recommendations, changes to this plan, etc.

    The article recommends that small tanks under 10 gallons like mine may require 5-6 watts per this likely to be a problem for me since my tank is an LED with more like 3 watts/gallon.

    I have two inches of EcoComplete but no Leonardite or Peat underneath it. Is this OK or do I need to add one of these? The tank has been set up with plants, betta and shrimp already. Would I need to move the fish, plants, and shrimp to another tank for a while if I added this due to amonia spike, etc.

    Thank you VERY much!
    #1 duganderson, Aug 27, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 27, 2012

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