Iíve taken an interest in Aquascaping back in March or so of this year. Not sure what it was but I couldnít help but want to dive into the hobby so I did. Started building my collection of equipment a month later and eventually led to me setting up a dry start tank which I just flooded about a week ago.
My equipment is as follows:
Aquamaxx 22g Long (Low Iron)
Beans works DA FSPEC Light
Eheim Classic 250 (Factory Biomedia + Seachem Purigen. No carbon filter)
Hydor Inline Heater
Tippman 24oz Co2 Tank
Aquatek Co2 Regular/Bubble Counter
Jardli Glass Lily Pipes
Jardli Co2 Diffuser
ADA 5-Step Substrate System
Mini Christmas Moss
Originally wanted a simple Iwagumi setup, but have decided I will be adding some mid/background plants on the left side for more color/density. Iím thinking more along the lines of a Dutch/Iwagumi style now once I figure out what other plants I want. Over the next couple of weeks while the tank cycles Iíll be deciding on fauna as well.
I am keeping the tank at 70-72įF, with Co2 injection high (10-12BPS) and on a lighting schedule of 6 hours currently. The DHG is starting to take off! The Xmas Moss is concerning however. I attached the XMAS Moss to the tree about 2 days prior to filling. It was browning slightly when it arrived and now has almost fully browned which is concerning. I have been doing a 50% WC every single day for the past 6 days since I filled the dry start. It has almost eliminated the BGA that developed during the DSM process.
Keep in mind this is my FIRST planted tank, so donít expect anything too exciting compared to what the vets are showing off these days but I am excited to kick off this adventure and learn as I go with the help of the good folk here. If anyone has any constructive criticism Iíll be happy to hear it. Ideas on future plants, redesign, what I should change/keep etc. Iím all ears.
What should I do about the Xmas Moss browning the way it is? Is it just adapting to submersed growing?
I have Tropica Premium Nutrition, when should I begin fertilization?
Should I be using a dechlorinator + quick start (Eg. Prime/Stability) even though I donít have fish yet and am doing WC as frequent as I am?
What other plants should I add to fill in the rear/left side?!
Is there anything about this tank that YOU would change?
Thanks for viewing!
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