Well, I just got my shipment of dry fertilizer today... received 1 lb gH booster, 2lb KNO3, 1/2lb KH2PO4, 1/2lb K2SO4, and 1/2lb CSM+B.
Also ordered gH/kH, pH, nitrate, and phosphate testing kits which should be here next week.
So far I mixed a 1 tsp of the CSM in 125 mL of water which will give me .36PPM iron for every 4.5 mL dose (using http://calc.petalphile.com/
). The actual water volume of the tank is about 10 gallons. I ideally want to dose a macro solution and the trace solution for ferts, and will use gH booster and baking soda to take care of the kH/gH. Will fiddle around with dosing more once I get the tank further along, will not be adding plants until I am back from my trip to Texas (after 3/17)
However....I may have just discovered a problem. While looking at my tank I noticed some water between the bottom trim and stand. I then noticed a bit more on the side of the aquarium. I am afraid I might have a tiny leak somewhere, or it could be water that dripped down the sides while I was working on the aquarium... Hopefully that is the case if not I may have to take it down completely and reseal the entire bottom of the aquarium (nothing is visibly leaking just the tiny bit of water underneath)
I decided to test for the leak by taking toilet paper and tucking it into the cracks where I noticed moisture using a razor blade. If there is indeed a leak the TP should continue to be damp or completely wet as it wicks up a leak. So far the initial water wicked up by the TP seems to be drying so I think the leak may be a false alarm.
So far I am thinking of doing HC for foreground, and someone locally has Blyxa japonica, Giant Hydro, Crypt parva, and matted Glosso available. Thinking of getting the Hydro, crypt, and japonica. Thoughts?
Skipping on the Glosso as it sounds less manageable than the HC... Also am unsure about the driftwood piece I have in there...So little space I feel like some smaller pieces may work better and give me more of a footprint to work with.
Will keep journal updated as things move along (or don't because I have to fix a leak)