My first planted tank - Fluval Flex 57L (15G)
Thought I'd finally bite the bullet and register as this is the forum I come to when in need of some help. Only been reading posts in the past so thought I should register to get involved.
I started my first tank - a Fluval Flex 57L - two weeks ago and I am currently going through the cycle process. Once cycled, I'm planning to keep some guppies and shrimp (hopefully happily!).
The tank is currently set up with the following:
* Caribsea Eco-Complete Black
* Grey Mountain Stones
* Planted with Eleocharis Parvula, Staurogyne Repens & Rotala Rotundifiola
* Extra added Biohome Ultra "mini" media (500g separated into two bundles)
* Dosing with ferts once a week as per the instructions (can't remember the name or I would include it)
Was planning to inject CO2 but after installing the drop checker, it remains at green so I'm unsure now. Shame that I've spend over £140 on a nano system. I think I'll set it up and dose at 1 bubble every 10 seconds or so just to get some extra CO2 in there? Any thoughts on that would be great.
As I said above, currently going through the cycle process using Dr Tim's Freshwater products and sitting at week and a half mark with high ammonia and nitrites. Ammonia taking longer than I thought to come down again but I'll be patient. Definitely not the 1 week suggested time Dr Tim states.
Had posted this earlier this morning but it's never appeared so I'm trying again. Included some photos below of the tank from when it was first scaped, to it being filled, to it being a week or so into it. Definitely starting to see some plant growth now.
Also seeing some green algae growth on the rocks (you can see this on the last picture) which I believe is down to the level of light. I had the lights set to on between 7am and 8pm but now I've reduced this to 3pm to 9pm instead. The tank doesn't sit in direct sunlight but it does sit in a very bright room that had a white wall outside it which could be reflecting some of the sunlight hitting it into the tank. Again, any thoughts on that would be great?
Really looking forward to what the tank has in store for the future and hoping for not too many problems. I'm here to learn so if you have any suggestions/tips, please let me know.