Hello all ... This is my first post here
& my first forray into planted aquaria. I've been reading about it on the 'net for a year or two & looking at some of the great tanks, but had yet to begin my own untill now.
I've kept cichlids (SA), corals, & even a mantis shrimp (Guido) but this will be my first try at a planted tank. Thanks in advance for the help, via the great info on this site!
-- Here's the setup this far ...
6.6 "Bookshelf" (Petco-scratchy-acrylic-jobber)
Eco Complete substrate (Black.....ish)
DIY Co2 (yeast setup)
DIY diffuser (seperate pump)
1X 10,000k T5 bulb 24" 14w
1X "colorlife" T5 bulb 24" 14w
(I also have a 6700K 24" 24w HO T5 bulb if I find I don't have enough lighting)
Flourish Excel for dosing
-- Items ordered & not yet here ...
Co2 indicator (Red Sea)
4 bunches Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus Callitrichoides)
1 bunch (8 plants) Star Grass (Heteranthera Zosterifolia)
2 bunches Oriental Swords (Echinodorus sp.)
-- Items to come later
HOB filter (probably the smallest "Aquaclear" I can find)
Different yeast (I think my yeast is bad/old ... gunna look for "Champagne yeast")
Fish (either 1 male beta (all white) or a school of neons (maybe 5?)
-- Tank & scape pic (Scape could change)
* My lighting I think should be good for the high light plants selected. I come in at 4.25 wpg with high spectrums in the blue & red. Let me know, please, if I should think about this differently.
* With a nano at 6.6 gal ... how much Flourish Excel should I expect to dose?
* Should I look into gravel bed fertilizer pellets? Or would that be overkill to what I have?
* Scape input/ideas?
* Will a HOB filter aqitate the surface too much & thus remove too much Co2?
* Fish suggestions in this small of a tank? ... Should I think about snails/other as well to control algae?
* I orderd plants from "Aquatic Scapes" online & never got an email that the order was confirmed & being shipped. I did get an invoice on their shopping cart checkout. Anyone deal with them before & do I just wait & have faith that I'll get the goods?
* Anything you all can think of that I'm missing? .... I feel so new ... lol
Thanks in advance ...