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Filling after waiting through DSM HC growth

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by PJtree23, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. PJtree23

    PJtree23 Junior Poster

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    Hey Everyone!

    I have left my tank growing all summer with poor results, however my HC is well rooted. I am now going to fill up the tank.

    I realize C02 is needed immediately, but when should I begin with the ferts?

    Also, just to be clear I do a 90% water changes the first and second days after filling? (I am using ADA AS I)

    I will update with pictures.

    Thanks,

    PJ
     
  2. Philosophos

    Philosophos Lifetime Charter Member
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    I've started in with ferts after a week; seems to work fine. Some people would probably call it early, but I'd rather deal with stress symptoms from my fish than deformities in my plants. One takes a 50% water change to fix, the other could take weeks or months.

    For water changes, none of my AAS I tanks have had issues with doing a 50-75% on the first and second days, then 50% water changes every 2-3 days for a week after. Mind you, all of these tanks already had established bacteria cultures and plant loads before hand.

    -Philosophos
     
  3. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Lifetime Charter Member
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    Hi,
    I see no reason whatsoever to wait before adding nutrients to the tank, especially if one is adding CO2, which immediately raises the nutrient demand. I dose full values no later than 250 nanoseconds after the tank is filled. :cool:

    The real problem is that many add too much light at the beginning which causes lots of issues. Keep the lighting intensity low the first 4-6 weeks or so until the tank stabilizes.


    Cheers,
     
  4. PJtree23

    PJtree23 Junior Poster

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    sounds like a good idea but I wil be doing several water changes at the start. I was planning on waiting a few days before adding ferts.

    Anymore input????

    PJ
     
  5. Biollante

    Biollante Lifetime Charter Member
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    Why Wait?

    I am with ceg4048,;) I start immediately, unless you are using expensive stuff, I see no reason to wait.:)


    Biollante
     
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