To start off I'll give y'all some basic info about my planted tank.
10 gallon with Red Fluorite substrate and Black Diamond sand. It's got a Marina brand S-10 filter, with Blue-Bon Filter Pad to help filter out the dust from the Red Flourite and Black Diamond fine granules.
I purchased a Deep Blue replacement hood that has a T5 bulb and a moon light LED.
I have a hydrokable heater, I do not have the thermostat that you are supposed to use, the in tank thermometer says that it's ~78 degrees in there.
If you click this link:
It's a spread sheet to my Fish Tank Parameters, it has all of my plants listed there and some information about them.
I do not plan to go with a C02 system at this time. I purchased some Flourish Excel today and added 1 capful as the bottle said to do.
I guess the questions I have are:
-Since I brought the plants home and planted them, I don't know why but they don't look as good as they did in the fish store. Why is that?
-Does the Flourish Excel really work? How much should I use? Daily? Every other day?
-Do I need to do water changes? If so, how often?
-How long do I need to run my lights? If I run them longer than you recommend, what are the repercussions of this?
Is there any good advice you can give me as a total n00b to planted tanks
Thanks for reading, with lots of love,