Well here it is, my first planted tank!
I've been trolling around trying to read as much as possible before posting and see how far I could get. So far things are ok but Im having a few issues so I thought Id ask for some comments and help.
Heres my setup,
ADA Mini L sized tank, 18x10.5x12 8.5 gallon
Eheim classic canister filter
37watt florescent light
2 subtrates (not really on purpose)
bottom layer MrAqua substrate
top layer is ada amazonia
I realized I needed more but the store was no longer stocking MrAqua so I added ADA on top. Seems to be ok.
The aquarium has been going for about 6 weeks now, so far so good. I am having algae issues as you can see. I clean it up as much as I can every day but am still looking for the cause. I've reduced the amount of food significantly, every pellet is being eaten I can see within 3 minutes or so, it floats for while, but someone munches it for sure.
I have several fish, 5 cardinal neons, 2 amber tetras, 2 galaxies, 2 norman lampeyes, and a couple guppies. I also have 6 shrimp, 4 Crystal rock and 2 cherries.
The first 4 weeks or so I didnt know to shut the Co2 off when the lights go off. Obviously didnt read enough! So its been a couple weeks since Ive solved that.
What do you all recommend for my bubbles per second? Ive ordered a co2 indicator but learned is coming from japan so it might be a while.
The guy at the pet store mentioned putting the co2 diffuser directly underneath the intake was a good idea so it could suck all the bubbles into the filter to better combine the two. I havent seen many photos like that so I wonder.
Also I was told to aerate the water at night when the co2 was off. Is this also correct?
I just bought some flourish excel. A few drops every couple days?
Anyway, this is my first creation. Really a test tank to learn. I want more of nano HC tank with just shrimp in the future. Im not in love with the driftwood I have at the moment, I sorta rushed the whole thing once I decided I was in. I have a second tank to divide the herd at somepoint and will redo this one.
Gnarly algae on the leaves
String and brown algae on the moss. Grey furry algae on the wood. I recently scrubbed a lot of that off.
Crappy brown stuff in my HC