I'm converting my regular gravel tank to the planted tank. This is for 10 Gallons tank. Below are the things I have ready for this planted tank and the steps.
Tank: 10 Gallons All Glass
Fish: Fancy Guppies (about 2-3 pairs) and/or maybe just few neon.
Light: AqueonŽ Single Tube Fluorescent Strip-Light 20", 18 Watt (maybe a bit low?)
Dirt: Seachem Flourite Plant Substrate
CO2: Fluval mini pressurised CO2 system
Plants: Java mosses, Lace Java Ferns, and Tropical Hornwort just for now, planning to get baby tears as well.
Driftwoods, maybe few lava rocks.
Step 1: Took out all the old water/stuffs from the 10 Gallons tank, I don't really want to use the old gravel, but might be few to cycle the tank a bit faster along with the old filter media. I also keep 50% old water for use later in this tank.
Step 2: I bought the Seachem Flourite Plant Substrate and took me almost 2 hours to rise this substrate, because I took small amount each time to rise it. Then I let it dry over night.
Step 3: After my 10 Gallons is cleaned, I'm ready to dump the substrate to the tank, I only use 1 bag of 15lbs which is about 2 or 2.5 inches for the tank. Then I use 50% of old water + 50% ready water put into the tank. I inserted the two filter for (40Gallons and 20Gallons) to run over the night with the light turn off. Trust me, when you are first dump your water in, your tank looks really bad, but after 1-2 hours, the water is about looks ok and then after a night, looks almost perfect (see picture).
Step 4: I haven't start this step yet, this step mostly put the heater (150W) in and two bubbles back. I might still let two of this filter running for another night before I take out one (large one) and use the small one. I will do about 20%-50% WC for it before I do the plants and start setup the Fluval mini pressurised CO2 system.
Step 5: This will be the Water Test step ... but not there yet
What do you guys think so far? Am I missing anything for this convert tank? Thanks