33Gal Family's First Tank
I've been lurking on this forum on and off for a while. After reading much here, in books, looking at products at our LFSs and from multiple online retailers we finally pulled the trigger and bought a Fluval Studio 600 set-up. The tank is viewable from all sides as you'll see from the front/back pics.
The substrate is EcoComplete, the plants are Dwarf Hairgrass, Dwarf Sagittaria, Ludwigia Peruensis, Moneywort, and Anubias Nana. The castle is my kid's choice.
The tank has been running for about 10 days now. So far we haven't killed anything, but I will say that the DIY CO2 is driving me crazy. I don't know if it's our tap water, the yeast, the sugar, the check valve or what. I'm getting very inconsistent (mostly non-existent) results until today.
Besides the CO2 I've also been dealing with some hair algae.
The kit includes two T5HO lights, which I now have on for 6 hours per day (down from 8 hours for the first 8 days).
As far as I can tell the tank is still cycling, since Ammonia is staying at 0.25, Nitrates are 5-10, and Nitrites are 0. Ph is 7.4-7.6 and KH was 7.
I just started using Flourish Excel following the dosing on bottle.