My tank is currently 2 months old with the fish being in there for only a week. I am looking for some tips and advice seeing as i am newly returning to the hobby.
Tank: 25G IM Lagoon
Lighting: Kessil A360we
Heating: Eheim 75w
Pump: Might Jet 326 gph (its too much current but im using the media reactor to throttle some flow)
Filtration: Currently running purigen, seachem matrix, chemi-pure green, and im trying k1 micro Media through a SOmatic UF-1.
C02: 5lb bottle with a Fzone regulator https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SNCQ4WS...ogi&th=1&psc=1
any comments on this one?
ATO: IM Hydrofill TI with 5g res, Topping off with RODI water
Fish: 1 KOI Betta CT, i also have a handful of guppies and 2 Otocinclus. I would like to have 1 betta, 3 ottos, 7. cardinal tetras, 8 guppies, and 8 Cherry shrimp. (is this over doing it?)
Plants: well you tell me im new to this and i really just wung it. Im sure there will be comments about the types of plants for the tank and locations of them. First planted tank ever and i was on a time crunch to get the tank cycling.
Maintenance: currently doing a 4-5 water change weekly adding Seachem Flourish and Seachem Prime. Is it too early to start using flourish, should i dose anything else like iron.
Also curious about using RODI water and Equilibrium for water changes.
Water Chemistry: 4kh 8gh PH 7.1 with no CO2. I feel like i can never accurately gauge nitrates and yes i am shaking the dickens out of the bottle and tube. If i had a gun to my head id say it always feels close to 10 even out of the tap. Would love to start using the RODI water to have 0-low nitrates. I am trying to provide the best conditions possible for the betta.
yes the tank is a lil dirty but im trying to not disturb BB or plants for the early stages. if you have any cool plant suggestions for this shallow bad boy would love to hear.