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Old 10-21-2011, 10:39
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Lighting and ferts Suggestions?

Flora:
Java moss
Java Fern
Weeping moss on Coconut cave
Marimo moss ball
Vallisneria
Amazon Sword Plant
Riccia(Going to buy)
Pellia(Going to buy)
Windleov Fern(Going to buy)

Lighting : halonix 15wt CFL(white)
Filter: HOB 360ltr/hour


Temperature: 28-30 C(planning to buy Aquarium fan dual Fantastic Fan)

Inverts
Red Cherry Shrimp
Malaya Shrimp
Assasin Snail

Fauna(added to remove seed shrimp ! doesnt work great because seed shrimp take cover in soil and driftwood )
Guppies
Platies

Tank volume :32 litres /8 gallon

pls suggest me how much flourish excel to dose and should i add diy co2 also and how much lighting should i add ? will my shrimp health will go bad if i add more ferts and lighting . and will flourish excel will do good to all my plants suggested above !! and how much water change should i do ?
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:36
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Re: Lighting and ferts Suggestions?

Thank you for your questions, pranavakira. Flourish Excel is an excellent source or organic carbon; unlike CO2, it will not have any effect on pH. Excel can be utilized either alone or in conjunction with CO2, depending upon your preferences. All of your plants will be able to derive the benefits of the carbon provided through Flourish Excel.

As long as you are using Flourish Excel as directed, it is completely safe for your shrimp; we do not recommend overdosing Excel on a regular basis, as it is a reducing agent. Here is what I would suggest for your 8-gallon tank:

After a major water change (40%), you should add 4mL of Flourish Excel. Thereafter, you can add 1mL daily or every other day. A good general rule of thumb for routine water changes is 20-25% weekly or bi-weekly.

Here is a pretty interesting discussion that I found concerning lighting for planted tanks. I think you may also find it helpful for your lighting concerns:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/lighting/34149-proper-wattage-aquariums.html

Have a nice weekend!
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