Critique My Plans!
Hi! I'm AfricanCichlids and as my name suggests.... My main fish keeping experience is with African cichlids! However, I've never done a planted tank before. I'm setting up a 10gallon tank(20" long 12" wide 10" high). Just going to jump right into it and try to grow a lush carpet of Dwarf Hairgrass. I'm a noob at planted tanks, so please bare with me. Here are my plans:
Substrate: Caribsea Floramax + Caribsea Black Sand. Floramax for the main substrate because of the iron, magnesium, calcium and other elements that it contains that promote plant growth. Adding black sand to help keep the DHG in place and not float to the top.
C02: DIY system fed into the hang on back filter to diffuse bubbles. Aiming for 1 bubble per second.
Lighting: Two 13w CFLs. Will be kept on 9 hours a day; airpump + airstone will be set on a timer to run when lights are off.
Fertilizer: Weekly dosing of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive.
This is basically what I've come up with so far. How am I doing? Am I missing something? Is there a flaw that I need to improve? Perhaps I am including something that may not even be necessary?
The most important question I have is: Do you think I am well balanced between my lighting, nutrients, and c02?
Last edited by AfricanCichlids; 02-02-2013 at 05:37 AM.
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