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Picked My Method, Some Questions

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by Pierre-Luc Boily, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Pierre-Luc Boily

    Pierre-Luc Boily New Member

    Jul 4, 2018
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    2 months ago I bought the tank below without special goal. After buying a light that I thought it was needed, and having an algae bloom, I realized that I would prefer the low-tech method with low light and perhaps excel and WC every week (30-50%). The following is my spec :
    • The fluval vista 23g
      • Capacity : 23g
      • Aquarium Size : 30” x 12” x 18” (76 x 30 x 45.7 cm)
      • Filter : AquaClear 50
    • Light (Included LED in the hood)
      • LED Watts : 8.4 W
      • LED Lumens : 800 LM
      • LED Color Temp. : 8000 K
      • 8 hours a day, separated in 2
    • My plants are :
      • Hygrophila siemensis 53b (Died in my bleach solution. Ordered a new one at LFS)
      • Microsorum pterotus narrow
      • taxyphyllum spiky
      • crytocoryne x willisi
      • bacopa compact
      • anubia petite
      • anubia gracilis
      • anubia nana (not yet received from LFS)
      • Bucephalandra
      • Limnobium laevigatum (not yet received from LFS)
    • Soil
      • Netlea Langa Soil
      • CaribSea Super Nat (white sand)
    • Fertilization
      • Tropica premium, one pump every day (1,2 ml)
    • WC 30-50% every week
    • Fish/shrimps
      • 6 guppies
      • 10 neon tetra
      • 6 amano
      • 4 cherry
      • 2 bloody mary
      • 1 blue rilli
      • (I`d like to add 4-6 cory in a near future)

    Questions :
    1. Light : Is my light is OK for low-tech non-CO2 (perhaps excel)? I would say 800LM and PAR 30 is OK, but I want to make sure. Otherwise, I will go back to my T5H0, but with only 1x24w instead
    2. Excel : I read PlantedAquaria_2001_2_22 paper from Ole Pederson where it says that some CO2 is good for growing plants even in low-light. I might want to add excel, but I read that some plants don`t like it. In the list above, is there a plant that don`t like excel?
    3. Fertilization : I read quite a bit about EI. I don`t want to calculate my own dose, and I am wondering if adding the recommended dose of tropica premium is kind of doing EI? I am adding one pump every day (1,2 ml).


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