Newbie (low tech maybe)
Hi guys, I just posted this in the Equipment Section, but I realize that this section may be better. Any Help appreciated!
Great forum! I'm new to the hobby and I love planted tanks. I got my first tank last January and had a roller coaster ride learning all the tricks and figuring out what I wanted. I bought a new setup in may and tried my luck with setting up a planted tank. I did a lot of research and I think got some pretty good equipment. I set up my tank in June and had to move in July, so I left it to my roomate to take care of. Safe to say it died. Well I just set it up in my new place three weeks a go (End of November) from scratch and am excited. I just want to know what you guys think about how I'm doing.
I have a standard 55 gallon tank (48")
I have a Coralife 48" 2x65 watt compact which is just over 2 watts per gallon.
I have about 3-4" of Eco-complete substrate on the bottom.
An Eheim 2236(? the one that handles 60 gallons) canister
Right now I have no CO2 set-up.
I am nervous about setting up CO2 and have reservations about a DIY: I'm not that handy and have a busy schedule so I know I will have trouble changing it.
Right now I have two crypt wendtiis (red and bronze) a water sprite, a bacopa, ozelot sword and another sword, and 3 anubias that were left over from the first set up. The leaves on them are hurting but the root structure is very healthy. (The swords and cryots are doing well but the bacopa and sprite haven't grown in three weeks)
I have been using a cap full of "Flourish" fertilizer a week.
So my questions: As the plant load is still low, how many hours do you reccomend having the light on (I have it at about 6.5 hours a day)?
Can I make this tank do well with no CO2? If not, is there a relatively cheap set up that is not as crazy as all the DIY setups I have researched?
The anubias were pretty shocked put into the new tank as my old roomate had the light and heater off, but their roots are growing and look very healthy. Should I prune off most of the leaves and have them grow back?
Any plant reccomendation for foreground that can survive at this light level and lack of CO2.
I'll try to get some photos up and plan on reading a bunch on this site. Any help is much appreciated and sorry for writing a book.