Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Small suggestion, get rid of the blue rocks in the bottom of that tank and get a bag of pool filter sand. It should be available at the local hardware store and it is very inexpensive. At approximately $7.00 for a 60lb bag, that should be enough for 2" of substrate in two small aquariums and its a heck of a lot easier to plant in. Also, if you focus on root feeding, low-light plants exclusively you can get away with only using Osmocote root tabs which are also very inexpensive and available in the For Sale section of the forum. That's what I use and I only have to replace them once every four months in my low tech tank--no dosing, no Excel, no problem. That light on top of your tank--I'm guessing its a single T8 bulb--might not be enough light to grow a wide variety of low tech plants so you might want to consider upgrading the fixture.