Hi all, I'm somewhat new to the planted tank world and completely new to a planted forum! I gave it a crack a few years back and failed terribly
. I know the importance of asking questions now. So I decided id give it another shot since I'm a few years older (21 now) and I feel like I can wrap my head around things a bit better. I'd like to share with all of you exactly what I'm doing so anything that doesn't seem right can be pointed out so I can adjust things. I'll list my tank and equipment below in as much detail as possible. Thanks again in advance guys and gals!
Tank Size: 55 gallon
*Water temp:77*, Ph(from tap) 7.6.....no ammonia,nitrate,nitrite problem.
*Rena xp2 with inline Coralife Turbotwist 9w UV and Hydor inline heater.
*Marineland Maxijet 600 powerhead
*48" Current Nova extreme 2x54w T5HO fixture (sits directly on top of tank)
*20lb co2 tank, Milwaukee regulator(with bubble counter) To a Red Sea 500 Co2 Venturi type reactor.
*Eco complete gravel (30lb) mixed with regular rock.
The tank has had plants in it now for a week. Everything loks like its going well. I dose twice a week with Florish excel. I run my lights from 8am to 4pm (8hours). My co2 is running at about 2 Bps and I have it set to turn on 90minutes before the lights and have it [censored][censored][censored][censored] off 30minutes before the lights. My filter output is set vertically (spray bar) on the left back corner right above the powerhead output. The "wall of jets" seems to make plenty of current.. My filter input is on the back wall towards the left corner. I have the co2 reactor mounted in the left corner blowing out right next to the filter input. Also I've already done a 30% water change and I plan to do the 30% weekly. My plants were pearling slightly by 1pm today AND MY Co2 ppm was between 18.7 and 30 according to the KH/PH chart so I'm assuming thats a good sign! I have a grassy plant (dont know the name) some moneywort, and anacharis in the tank to start.
Please anything that looks wrong or out of place let me know(I take criticism very well haha). The tank has been running for over 2 years so its not in any type of cycle process. Please let me know if anymore info is needed! Thanks again!