I just finished cycling my 45 gallon tank. I am not new to fish keeping but never had much success in the past with plants. They were either dying or algaes would bloom. I never used CO2 and donít intend to.
This time Iím trying to do things right.
Here is my set-up
Age of tank : 30 days
Substrate : mostly flourite dark, 1 bag of eco complete and Carib sand on top. About 2-3 inches in the front, sloping to 4-5 inches in the back.
Light : Fluval 3.0 : 0900-1200 : 6% intensity (whites). 1200-1800 : about 20%-25% (whites). 1800-2100 : 2% intensity (whites). 2100-0900 : OFF. Intensity of blue light is always very low (2%-5%) since it is said to cause algae. Reds around 10%. I have learned from a video I should slowly increase the intensity of whites up to 50%, blue no more than 5% and reds around 30%, after the plants have started growing and I had to trim them once or twice.
I only have easy plants, like anubias java fern, Staurogyne repens, Hemianthus micranthemoides and others I forget.
In the past, when I added fertilizer, algaes would appear and overcome the tank. Which is why I am afraid to start. Iíve seen videos and read articles saying I shouldnít fertilize for the first month or two, since the plants already had nutrients in their pot. Since there are also nutrients in the flourite and Eco-complete, Iím even more confused.
I bought Thrive C for when Iím ready to start fertilizing. I also have some old Flourish complete left.
I have a little bit of brown algae (2 otos, 1 nerite snail and 1 SAE to help with algae in general). The plants donít seem to be growing much, if at all.
My questions :
- is my lighting regimen okay ?
- when do I start fertilizing ?
Here is a picture of my tank a days ago. Thank you !