Do I have too many plants and other help with new tank
So, this is my first “real” planted tank. I say real because I had a Fluval spec that I threw some plants into. This time, I’m trying to get it right. I trying to have a low tech (Excel, but not co2) tank. I need some feedback on how to make it better.
11.4 gallon frameless tank
20 inch Finnex Fugeray lights- approx 12.5 inches from top of substrate
Finnex P360 filter
corkscrew vallisneria (not sure this is what I received. I think they are American)
dwarf hair grass
and some miscellaneous stuff from my other tank
I ordered plans from an online vendor and I underestimated the size of the tank and ordered too much stuff. I’m worried that there are too many plants in the tank.
Here are my questions:
1) The Amazon sword. I ordered one and had a couple from the old tank. I did not realize the one I just ordered would be so big. The leaves are sticking out the top of the tank. Is it too big for my tank? Should I take it out?
2) I having a hard time getting the plants to stay in the substrate. Any tips for this?
3) When should I start dosing excel and flourish?
4) How long should I keep the lights on? Should I raise them higher?
5) Is surface agitation needed? When I look at planted tanks, it seems like many of them don't use the filter output to create surface agitation. Is surface agitation not important in tanks that use co2? Do I need to worry about surface agitation? I have a betta in the tank and want him to be happy.
6) Are there too many plants in the tank? Am I starting with so many that there won’t be room for the plants to expand? I wanted to start with a lot of plants because my hope is that this will help keep the algae at bay, but I may had put too many.
Please provide any input that can help me be successful! Thanks.