I'm new to forum and I thought I'd join so I can learn more about planted tanks as I've had a setup for a while now. I've just recently got more interested in the hobby again, and I think it's time I show some TLC to it.
I'll make a new post elsewhere soon, detailing my setup and see if anyone has any tips etc in case I'm doing anything wrong.
Here is my set-up;
Tank: 55l Denerrele scapers tank
Filter: Scapers flow Denerrele
Light: Denerrele LED 18W (6 hour light cycle, I will steadily increase depending on algea/ plant growth)
Substrate: Glass Garten Environmental Aqua Soil
Fertiliser: Denerrele Dosator v30
CO2: Denerrele Carbo-Elixir Bio
Heater: Dennerle Nano Thermo Compact Heater 50W
Plants: Hygrophilia Polysperma, Eleocharis acicularis 'mini', Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, salvina auriculata (will remove this once my tank has settled)
Tank mates: 2 Nerite snails, 5 Crystal Red Shrimp (I originally had 10 around 4 years ago and these are the survivors, they were previously a strong breeding colony a year ago as there were lots of babies, but when I moved house the tank crashed and I lost loads of them
Here's my latest readings:
I've had this set-up for around 4 years. The first year I was new to the hobby and completely messed up a lot of the parameters and had lots of algea growth. I had a peroid of around 2 years where I established a really good breeding colony of shrimps as I got the water the perfect. However when I moved house I had a massive water crash and a load of the shrimps died, as such I put less and less time into the hobby. Now I've decided to get back into it, and just invested in replanting the tank and will be spending more time maintaining it.
If anyone has any tips, or any advice after reading my specs please let me know as I think I have the right equipment for what I need. I know I need to bring down my pH, GH and KH, but I'm hoping to slowly bring this down over the next few weeks with RO water changes. It got this high because for around 8 months I was just using tap water which is extremely hard in my area.