Suggestions on new 2 gal planted
Any tips or thoughts appreciated of course. This is my first planted tank. Heres what I'm doing:
2 gal hex for betta and dwarf frog (& ghost shrimp.) The light that
came with it was a 5w incandescent. The anacharis lower leaves
rotted off quickly with this light - only at the very top did it survive.
I took out the dracaena variegatus/gold ribbon a few days ago when
one of the lower leaves started looking faded.
Today I installed a 4w CFL (which is supposed to equal 25w of
incandescent!) Is this too much? Am I right that I don't have to
worry about the CFL being listed as 2700k?
Tommorrow I'm going to clean all the brown/decaying leaves from
the anacharis, and add some more. I'm also putting back in the
I'm going to setup a DIY co2 system also. (It just sounds like fun,
and really inexpensive so why not.) I figure down the road a bit
I'll get some Flourish.
Finally - I've been doing 40-50% water changes every other day
because the levels of nitrite and nitrate have been off the charts.
(Nitrite is staying around 2 and nitrate is 40 with water changes.)
I'm assuming these messed up levels are from the decaying plant
matter, right? But what exactly is the plant putting off, ammonia?
Nitrite or nitrate?
Water cleanses... you know?
Last edited by Jay Why; 12-09-2004 at 07:59 AM.