Hey all, really need some insight.
So I flooded the tank on Sunday and did the DIY co2. Had no major issues. Although I had some browning because I waited so long to flood, I tried to remove what I could but its really hard working with these small plants.
Monday, all seems fine. Drop checker is yellow showing there is a lot of c02 (which is good since I have no livestock yet)
Tuesday, I go to clean up my wires and tubes and I break my glass diffuser (which was working really well with the diy) so I put in a t valve that's 80% open which makes some big bubbles and I have the filter exhaust breaking them up some. Drop checker is still yellow. New diffuser on the way and I will grab an air stone (cant believe I don't have any!) today to get them to be smaller bubbles.
Today, I had thick, black/dark green algae on a part of the HC. I was able to siphon it out without disturbing the plant. Its 99% gone from what I see. Looks like cyano from a SW tank, just not red.
Here are my questions:
How often should I do WC's during this initial startup. I had my filter media seeded in another tank.
Should I be dosing anything other than co2 at the moment?
How long should my lights be on?
Anything else I should/should not do?
Here is a pic. Pardon the junk floating/stuck in my filter. I just trimmed some and removed that algae so I need to clean up now.