Ammonia in new tank
I have just converted my 75 gallon non-planted tank to a planted tank using fluorite as the substrate. I have an Eheim Pro II running which was used for the previous fish, so I have bacteria on the media. I have added fish, some have died...no plants yet, was waiting for my CO2 and plants to arrive. Checked the tank yesterday...3 deaths. Checked ammonia levels and are starting to climb as well as the pH which is almost 8.0. Added Tetra Safe start 3 times to add bacteria (don't know if this actually works). The plants have arrived and are in a container with my 2x65 bulbs on them.
How do I reduce the ammonia levels? (I added ammo pellets to Eheim)
Should I plant the tank? (lfs said to wait)
How long will the plants live outside of the tank w/o Co2 but using the light?
75 gallon planted tank
45 gallon planted tank