Hey everyone, thanks for your advice. It has been very helpful. I have done alot of reading in the last few days. It has helped but confused me as well.
The light I have is http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/52..._V2_Super.html
I have read some reviews and it seems to be a low intensity light. A low tech tank is what I am after currently.
The dimensions of the tank is 20x10x11 inches.
with regards to substrate eco-complete seems to be one of the top few. Would something like
be good as well.
I am trying to keep the cost down so could i mix any of these products 50% with 50% gravel.
If i get eco-complete, Using the substrate calculator, it seems like in order to get 3 inches of substrate I would need the whole bag 9kg would that be right? Also would I need to put a layer of gravel on top of it to reduce any disturbances.
I have already noticed some snails in the tank 3 days after the initial set up. Should I be introducing some loachers into the tank now to control the problem? How soon after this new setup should i wait before introducing some cherry shrimp?
So far I have decided given my horrible start to
1. get a HOB filter, the aquaclear 20 as recommended
2. get a substrate eg ecocomplete and layer at least 3 inches (is that enough?) OR can i get a
and replant the tank that has only 3 plants anyway.
Should i be adding additional fertilizer, or let it settle for a week or two before adding anything other then chemicals to dechlorinate the water.
Once again thanks for your patience. This planted tank business is indeed very tricky and it is such a steep learning curve for a newbie like me.