Hello guys. This is the first planted tank I ever have. The tank is originally a Geophagus Tapajos tank I set up 3 years ago (and they would just uproot everything i planted). I figured to try my hand on plants after my group of geos passed away last month. I want to keep everything simple in this tank, so I keep most equipments I have been using, and would try not to use any pressurized CO2 system.
So, here's my tank. Except for the Anubis and the Java fern, which has been in the tank since the start, all other plants were only introduced 2 days ago. Most of the plants seem like emersed grown to me, so I guess it will take a few weeks till they settle down.
48"X18"X24" 90g tank
Eheim 2217 *2
Huey Hung Pterosaur 18*5W LED (7000K) (24" from substrate, 8 hours per day)
I have put ADA multi bottom root tabs under the plants, and dozed a capful of Seachem Comprehensive (so 2/3 of the recommended doze. I have heard that it's best to start with a smaller doze to prevent algae bloom)
Java Fern Windelov
Alternanthera reineckii dwarf
Added on 3/2/2017
Cryptocoryne wendtii ''Red'
Added on 15/2/2017
Lemon Tetra *14
Emperor Tetra *2
BN pleco *20+ (I will send away most of them)
Juli Cory *2
Add a bunch of Rotala rotundifolia at the left hand side of the tank
Add a school of cory and denison barb
Add 2-3 whiptail catfish. I like Rineloricaria lanceolata the best, but I have only seen Sturisoma panamense in my LFS
Now, the biggest problem I have is that I am not exactly sure what kind of light I am having. There is no PAR chart for the light I have. The only info I have on this light is this data sheet
for the 60cm version with half the no. of LED comparing to the one I am using, and this LUX test
for the 60cm model. I would want to keep this tank at low-med lighting so that I would not need pressurized co2.
Another problem I have is that I am not sure what this plant is:
It is labeled as a Cyperus, but I am not sure which species it is, and whether it is a full aquatic species.
As I said, I am still quite new to planted tank, so any comments are welcome.