I have started a project!
I have a 5 gallon tank that i turned into a NPT for my newly bought betta.
I have miracle grow organic potting soil in the bottom about an inch to a inch and a half in some spots (mostly the back)
On top of the soil i have small gravel (smaller than pea size)
On top of the gravel i have some sand.
The plants that i have chosen are:
Anacharis (Egeria Densa)
Water Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)
Sagittaria Subulata (Dwarf)
Vallisneria Spiralis 'Leopard' (Italian Leopard Val)
(I also have java moss, amazon frogbit, hornwort, and Bacopa Australis on order to be mailed to me cuz i dont think i planted enough plants)
My light is this light
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... d=11740166
That equals 2wpg which should be good for these plants because sweet aquatics said that they were low light plants.
I also have terra cotta pots in there too.
The tank also has the tetra 3i filter in there too, with no media or anything in there, i just have it for water movement and it works perfectly for this size tank.
My problem is i have a large amount of ammonia in there. I test my water parameters every other day or so to see and last time this is what i got
I was wondering if this is normal...
I do not have my betta in there, just fyi.
I would guess that the ammonia is comming from the soil...but i also read that this soil is safe to use.
The ammonia could also be coming from dead plant matter...my plants didnt like being replanted so they shed lots of stuff but i am now just starting to see new growth on them
I have changed my water a few times, to suck up the dead stuff/soil that escaped/get rid of the extra ammonia.
I am wondering if this will resolve its self within time, hopefully not terrible long.
And also if i am doing anything wrong please let me know, i was so excited to start this project and now well i just cant wait for it to be perfect for my fishie!
Thanks a bunch!