Advice,help, and tip welcomed. New 55gal planted tank
Hi, i just got back into the hobby and i decided to start with a 55gal dirted planted tank.
55gal standard built aquarium
odyssey 4x54watt HO T5 lights w/timer
fluval submersible heater
cheap HOB filter rated for up to 75gal tanks
Aqueon circulation pump
DIY Co2 (1-2 bubbles a sec)
substrate: mineralized soil and clay mixture (1in) , gravel cap (1in) little deeper toward the back to create a slope (also dolomite and potash sprinkled below)
i think that covers my setup pretty well, because i figured that was high lightening im also dosing flourish excel lightly one capful a day during middle of the light schedule. i run the lights for 8hrs for now but if algae starts to become an issue i plan to dial it back to 6hrs.
Plants so far: (plants all came in for planted aquarium central)
combomba green and cobomba purple (about 30 stems)
anubias nana (2)
tiger lily bulb (1)
echinodorus kleiner prinz(type of sword) (1)
pygmy chain sword (3 pots) broken up and spread out a bit
cryptocoryne wendtii (1 pot) i broke it up into 4
cryptocoryne balansae (3)
will most likely be adding some jungle val
im on day 2 of the new tank and dont plan on adding any fish until maybe day 6 if i can stay patient lol. i did a water test today and the PH is 6.8 and ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate is zero.
anyways i have done alot of research before starting up this tank but i know ive still got lots to learn which is why i started up the thread. i welcome advice, tips, and any other helpful comments you might have. thank you.