Hello All- This is my first setup for a 20gal low-tech planted tank.
I will list all of my hoorah stuff and then go on with my questions. Any advice you all can give would be greatly appreciated!
- 20 Gallon Long Rimmed Tank
- Marineland Penguin 350 Power Filter (with 2 extra carbon filter pouches)
- Deep Blue Professional Solarmax H.O. T5 Double Lamp Light System w/ Moonlight LEDs, 10000K (I replaced both bulbs with 6500K bulbs however I only run it with 1 bulb on for 6 hours a day as of now.)
My substrate is 2 bags Seachem Flourite Red mixed with just a bit of sphagnum peat moss.
Needle Leaf Ludwigia
1/4 Teaspoon of Seachem Equilibrium
1/8 Teaspoon of KNO3 (Potassium Nitrate)
1/32 Teaspoon of KH2PO4 (Potassium Mono Phosphate)
My source tells me I should dose these amounts only once every 2 weeks for a 20 gallon tank. Can anyone advise to whether this is about right or not?
Here is the start.
Filling in with wet substrate. I tried to rinse the stuff out beforehand but I think I soaked it too much causing it to turn into a muddy consistency.
Planted some plants then filled it up and this is what it looked like.
Luckily I have a filter that does triple what my tanks holds in water. I quickly removed the lighthouse piece from the tank.
This is the tank about 2 days after the plants have been planted and the dust has settled.
Here is the tank currently, about 2 weeks in. I just received all my dry fertilizers, about 1.5 weeks after all the plants were planted. I fear that was a bit too much time they were planted without any fertilizers at all. I am dosing them on the above mentioned amounts twice per week, the first and only dose so far being this past Monday. So the next dosing shouldn't be until July 15th, does that sound right?
An issue I am seeing is that it seems the "dust" from the substrate is settling on my rocks and plants. It is caked on my java ferns and the anacharnis naja plants. I have taken a paint brush and tried to brush off what I could with that. Is there a better way to get this off or will it eventually go away? Is it stunting my plants growth by taking away it's light? See pictures below.
Below are just a few more closeups of the tank as we get this thing rolling...
Some of my needle leaf ludwigia dosen't seem to be doing so hot. Honestly some of them towards the middle of the tank seem completely dead. These were the only plants I got from petsmart and were the first to get planted. They were there for well over a week with no fertilizers. Does that have something to do with it or do you think I didn't plant them properly? Should I pull all of the deads out and buy a fresh pack of them and replant? Should I totally bail on them all together and fill in the front and center of the tank with more dwarf hairgrass?
I plan to leave the lighting at 6 hours a days for a few more weeks then gradually bump it up to around 9 hours a day. What do you think of the tank? What livestock do you think I should put in it? Thank you for taking the time to look and help me out with all my questions as I venture into this great hobby!