Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
First ever planted tank (55L). Will definitely need help.lol
I'm having a crack at my first ever planted tank.
I've been keeping fish for nearly a year but have only had basic plants and they usually die or get eaten..
Recently I ended up with a spare 55L tank and thought I'd try and have a dabble into a planted tank..
So this is where I'm at with it (already a couple of days into buying crap, and a couple of weeks into researching what everything is)
I've got some Scotts Organic Potting Mix and soaked it for a couple of days and then placed it in the bottom with just a couple of osmocote water root tabs for good measure.
Next I've used some Fluval Volcanic Plant substrate to give it about an extra inch or two on top.
I've also placed a few pieces of rocks strategically around the substrate, as well as a bonsai style tree I made from a couple of different bits of driftwood.
I've ordered some hairtail grass and some mini Taiwan moss for the tree. Hoping the grass will completely cover the bottom and the moss will completely cover the tree.
It'll be filtered with a small HOB filter and has a Fluval 80G CO2 kit ready to go.
Lighting is some LED's I knocked up. Fish will be a few neon and silvertip tetras. Although I was contemplating a few shrimp for cleanup duties.
I've read about the dry start method, and think that it will suit what i'm trying to achieve. If I understand this correctly, i simply mist the plants to keep them wet a couple of times a day, and keep the tank covered with glad wrap... I'm guessing pump up the lights? should I leave them on 24/7 or just for like 12 hours a day? how long should I do this until filling with water?
Currently the tank is sitting dry with all substrate,rock and bonsai in it. Hopefully the plants will arrive either tomorrow or early next week.
Any pointers for a newbie would be fantastic. While I know making mistakes is a great way to learn, I also enjoy hearing other peoples experience. So feel free to tell me what i'm doing right or wrong.