How to set up a 'tonina' jar
'Ello all! I am planning on setting up a tonina style jar (somewhere between 1 and 3 gallons) with soft water and gorgeous (but exacting) plants, and wanted some tips. Here we go;
1; I was planning on having the jar be acidic (preventing much of the CO2 from being converted into the carbonates that softwater plants can't use very well), have very vigorous aeration (two airlines perhaps?) and adding a small amount of excel each morning (would probably need to dilute it in order to measure it out properly). Would this be adequate for CO2? Any easy ways to add CO2 to supplement this? (just normal aeration and the acidic water is enough to keep purple cabomba in my licorice gourami tank growing VERY quickly)
2; Would it be better to have the nutrients in the water column or in the substrate?
3; If I shoot for a 1 gallon jar, the light would be a 5000k bulb with 550 lumens. If towards the upper size end, I would use either a 1,200 or 1,400 lumen version of the same bulb. Both work very well for growing plants in my current setups. Would this lighting work?
4; I am definitely planning on having Persicaria 'sao paulo' in this setup. Any good contrasting plants to go with it? (Obviously Tonina itself, but other suggestions would be good)
5; Almost forgot! Any animals safe for this setup (which will likely have a ppm or more phosphates)?
Thankx in advance!