10G planted tank for growing/propagating (newbie planted tanker seeking advice)
I'm new to the planted tank scene, but I have had a 55g fish tank for about 3 years now. I loved it at first and really got into it, but it faded after a while and I got to a point where I was barely paying any attention to it. I have always wanted to do a planted tank, with a bunch of plants, a carpet or hair grass or something and some fish, and I've always wanted to breed some fish. So, I have began to do so, and now I have a 10g tank that I just set up that for growing and propagating plants. I'm fairly new to this so I'm hoping I can get some good advice from people who have been doing this kind of thing for years.
I just want to say thanks to anyone who can give me some advice, I appreciate it a lot and am very grateful. I have already learned a few things from people on this forum and it has been great, but I still have tons of questions. Here is my setup right now:
* Marineland penguin 100 filter (up-to 20 gallons). (It has a bio-wheel, is that good or should I take it out?)
- The filter has carbon in it. Is this good or bad for trying to grow plants?
- Miracle grow organic potting soil (2 inches) with play sand on top (1 inch).
- I do have air bubble is the soil and sand; I set the tank up 2 days ago and these bubbles were there when I started. I have been poking at it with chop sticks to try to release them.
- I have 2 23W 6500K CFL bulbs with 8 1/2 inch reflectors. (I also have 2 14W 5000k CLF bulbs that I was going to use, but swapped them out for the 23W).
- Is this 2 much lighting?
- I figure it would grow faster with the 23W bulbs rather than the 14w bulbs.
- DIY CO2. I'm getting a little bit more than 1 bubble per second. (I'm actually pretty impressed considering it is my first try at it). I have it going to an air stone and it bubbles into the filter. The air stone sucks, I just don't have a diffuser yet.
- Is this good, should I have more or less co2?
- Is it true that the second smaller bubble counter bottle helps to filter the co2?
- I have leaf zone plant food. It says to put in about 5ml once a week.
- Is that sufficient enough, or should I be dosing more often?
- should I get some fish or shrimp in there as well for natural fertilizers?
- The selection where I live sucks, there is Petsmart and a local pet shop that has some plants but they are crappy, If you can see in the images, the holes in the leafs and brown stuff on the leafs; that's how I bought them.
The bush of micro-sword and the little bit of dwarf hair grass is what I got from petsmart. There was barely any of the hairgrass in the pot when I got it; they gave me half off so I bought it because I want hair grass.
In the back left and right corners I have java fern. The back left is just tied to a little piece of rock for now.
In the back on right side of filter, closest to the filter is a sword plant I think? The local pet store gave that to me for $1.50 because it looked like crap when I bought it.
The forgot what the name is for the other plants in the front and on the left side. I'm not a big fan of them, but I got them to grow something because there isn't a lot of selection here.
- Any advice for any of these plants and how to grow them? Or what I can do to help them?
So that is my setup right now on my ten gallon. Again, I'm just using to to grow for now. Testing it all out and experimenting since I'm new to this. Any advice on my setup, things I should do or not do?
When I order a few plants from online I'm going to put them into my 55g and add co2 as well. the ten gallon is really my first attempt at this, but I'm enjoying it so far. Getting the co2 to work was fun. It was cool to see the bubbles because it showed I did it right.
THANKS AGAIN for any advice. I know I have a lot to learn, but it has been fun so far.
I will post up new photos as time goes on so that I can document my progress and others can take a look as well. I can't wait to start seeing some growth.
Let me know what you think!