I picked up a tetra 15gal success kit the other day that I want to use to start a planted tank (included Tetra whisper pf10 filter, good enough for now, a 50w heater and a fluorescent light fixture; $40). I have an outline of what I want to do but I always appreciate suggestions.
For substrate, I plan on using a 15lb bag of flourite mixed with regular gravel. I'm also going to use KNO3, KH2SO4 and SeaChem Equilibrium for traces (I used this website as a guide: http://www.sudeepmandal.com/hobbies/...ed-tank-guide/
The question I have about fertilizers (bear in mind that I don't have experience with planted tanks
)is that when it says 5.27ppm of NO3 does that mean the concentration should be 5.27ppm? So I'd have to add more KNO3 to a 90gal tank than a 15gal one? (sorry if the question is confusing
) Are there any dosing calculators you guys recommend?
My next question is lighting: The fluorescent tube that came with the tank is a Marineland F15T8 18" natural daylight tube with 15 or 17w. Are there other 18" tubes that would be better for this kind of setup?
Last but not least plants. I was planning on putting java fern and cryptocoryne wendtii in there. are there other plants that you would recommend?
I always appreciate suggestions so don't be shy