just getting started back into planted tanks with a 29 gallon. As of this first post it's set up with initial plants but no fish.
I have some posts here from back in 2008, and I converted my last planted tank to a reef tank sometime in 2013. I had fun with reefing, still am, but I did not realize how much I missed planted.
To give you an idea where I'm coming from here are my current reef tanks:
This is the last picture I have of my planted 46 gallon bowfront.
Look at that hair algae, would ya? I still remember how good it smelled. Most things freshwater smell good, most things saltwater do NOT.
So now with years of dosing and automation and added patience I can hopefully have some fun with planted again.
I found my old CO2 dual stage regulator, bought some co2 and hooked it up via a cheap airstone for now (ceramic coming this week).
If I recall correctly this has some needle valve issues that didn't like to stay steady, which is why I don't have any livestock yet. PH drop is 7.4 morning to 6.5 evening but I have one of those indicator things arriving this week to help me figure out how the CO2 dosing is going. I have CO2 turning on right as the lights come on and off about an hour before lights out.
Lighting is a old ReefBreeders LED fixture with only the white channel running. This produces a fairly white light using some cheap 3W White LED's (8K I think) plus 2 3W Red LED's. At full power PAR is 300 on the gravel bed. I'm running at around 100 PAR.
Substrate is what I had on hand, at least for now. Aragonite below river rock. I figured the aragonite would help buffer PH but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I may replace the substrate with something intended for a planted tank if things don't do well, but for now root tabs will have to suffice.
I bought a cheap quietflow filter from PetSmart and it is quiet, and seems to be working well.
Using an old Aqueon heater to keep the tank around 75F.
At this point, 3 days in, I expected a green tank. I'm doing everything differently from last time since I'm dosing CO2 and no livestock to worry about. I've added Phosphorus, Nitrate, and Potassium plus a couple of caps of Seachem Flourish to get things started. So far nothing spectacular has happened. I have some Thrive+ liquid fert mixture arriving today.
I think I've already made a few mistakes here, but it's the quickest way for me to learn. Another reason I don't have any livestock yet. Thanks for visiting, all advice welcome! Please.