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26 May 2016 21:26 #1 by DiscoStu (Marie Curie)
Hi, can any one tell me if I should be dosing my tank with nutrients whilst my lights are out? The ballast went on my T5 39W lights last night, replaced fuse, bulbs, no joy. Took it all apart, no loose wires etc so must be ballast. Tested it with an electrical screwdriver & it didn't light up. Apparently it will take 6 days to come from UK (new one). So my question is; should I keep dosing nutrients? And I have the CO2 turned off also. I have rigged up some small LEDS at the moment to keep the fish happy. Any advice appreciated. Also if anyone knew where to source a ballast in Dublin would be even better :laugh:

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26 May 2016 22:56 #2 by robert (robert carter)
I brought a balast for my mates oasa uv that oasa wanted 179 sterling for in an electrical wholesalers off the ballymount road here in dublin 18 euro 60cent on monday. Would think you would have no problem getting one here rather than the uk . Can only tell you what i was advised by the good people here on the forum and that is co2 on two hours before lights on and dose ferts and liquid co2 once lights come . So on that basis i guess that you shouldnt be dosing , but i am certainly no expect

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27 May 2016 14:26 #3 by DiscoStu (Marie Curie)
Thanks Robert, I ordered a ballast today so hopefully the crisis will be averted shortly!

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27 May 2016 19:27 #4 by helix8008 (Tomas Novak)
You can dose ferts before lights are on but with no lights or very weak there isnt much point as plants wont be able to process the nutrients.
I would wait until you have the ballast

Tom

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27 May 2016 22:20 #5 by DiscoStu (Marie Curie)
Yea I've not given anything since. Hoping the plants will live until the ballast arrives!

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28 May 2016 00:24 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Did you not try locally to get a balast ?

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28 May 2016 07:42 #7 by DiscoStu (Marie Curie)
I tried three electrical supply stores, none had them in stock so I had to order one.

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28 May 2016 12:38 #8 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
Eurosales in Sandyford Ind Est sell them

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28 May 2016 14:17 #9 by DiscoStu (Marie Curie)
I've ordered one from another store now.

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