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Need Advice for New Setup Plan

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by Steven, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Steven

    Steven Guru Class Expert

    Aug 5, 2009
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    I'm thinking of starting a new tank and would like to ask for your opinion on my equipment planning.

    Tank : 90x45x45cm
    Lighting : 4x21watt T5NO (9 hours/day)
    CO2 : Pressurized, diffused with an inline diffuser and goes through a reactor
    Substrate : ADA AS mix with AS II
    Filter : 1500L/H and 950L/H

    Initially I will light 3 bulbs and after the first or second weeks then all of the 4 bulbs. For dosing level, I will target :
    - KNO3 : 20ppm
    - KH2PO4 : 3ppm
    - K2SO4 : 30ppm
    - CSM+B and Seachem Flourish : 1ppm
    - Weekly 60-70% water change and add 17.5ppm CaSO4 and 2.5ppm MgSO4

    For the first week, maybe I will dose 1/2 of the amount above and right after the second week to full amount. I have Ferrous Gluconate lying around, do I need additional Fe? I read it will not last long in harder water and I will use Seiryu stones that is known to raise both the kH/pH. The water that I will be using in this tank has the parameter like this :
    Aluminium 0.04
    Arsen 0.003
    #1 Steven, Feb 9, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 9, 2011
  2. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Sep 23, 2007
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    Overall it all sounds fine. One or two items stand out...


    If memory serves your volume is < 200 liters correct?

    I PERSONALLY think that 4 bulbs is overkill and that using 2 if possible and still provide good spread, would work better esp at first. You can always add the other bulbs..


    Since you are using ADA you can go lighter here with water column dosing. But it can;t hurt either to go EI from the start...


    The performance of the reactor is dependant on the flow in and out of it and also how clean the filter that runs it is...

    I personally would let the filters do their thing and just filter. Run the reactor another way, use a disc or two, needle wheel, etc.

    You may need to do some experimenting with your flow to get it to as you like. Hardscape and plants will affect flow...Loc-line is a nice option to use for your outlets as they are configurable....

    Keep us posted.
  3. Steven

    Steven Guru Class Expert

    Aug 5, 2009
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    Thanks Gerry,

    Anyway, how much ppm will you suggest on my EI? How much is lighter?

    About CO2, I can't think of any better idea, I don't like using separate powerhead to run that reactor, unsightly and too many equipments on the tank. I can't get Loc-line here. I used glass diff before and had problem with CO2 deficiency. Ok, if this is your tank, how will you set the equipments?

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