Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Kansas City Metro
The tank is quite a bit clearer today, but still a bit cloudy. I ended up just "floating" all the extra plants for now, as I know they will help with cycling it all.
I also spent a little time figuring out the lights, playing with the settings, using the bluetooth (super cool) and changing things up. For now I basically set it for a very long (most of the day) sunrise, a couple hours day (at 50%) and a long sunset again, down to no light at all. So much to learn with this light.
I'm just letting it settle in. I do plan on doing a fishless cycle and need to get the correct ammonia tomorrow, did some more reading today.
There's honestly too much to learn. I'm definitely a bit more laid back than so much of what I'm reading about. This is too complex.
I posted an update yesterday, but I guess I did something wrong and didn't actually submit it.
Today I officially started my fishless cycle. I did some testing first, and the pH is through the roof here. I'll have to learn more about that. There is also a bit of ammonia in our water, I assume chloramine. It took 4ml (tiny syringe) of ammonia (from Ace) to bring the tank to the 4ppm range.
I've also gotten to play with the lights now, and the fluval app is pretty darn cool, you really have great control. I set the day time lights at 50% across the board. Started a super long sunrise, short day (at 50%) and long sunset, and no lights at night. I guess I just keep my eye on things and watch for algae, growth, I'm not sure yet all what to watch for.
I have a sponge on the intake now too, and 2 sponges and the bio-rings in the filter. I only got the intake sponge and second filter sponge today. The sponge that has been in the filter for 2 days now already is getting a brownish tinge of crud.
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