Need some more help setting up my 5.5g
My plants looked like they were going limp and they were getting coated in brown algae, so I did a massive water change, rubbed the algae off their leaves. I also set up the co2 last night and I am amazed at how cheap and easy it was, and how well it's working.
It cost $3 for the tubing, 40c for the yeast, and $2lbs for a huge bag of sugar. Just used a 2L soda bottle.
For a diffuser I just rolled up a tiny piece of felt and jammed it in the tube. Makes very fine bubbles. They also rise up to where the water pours out from the filter and they get blown all around the tank.
I would have done the water change sooner, but the tank was cycling. It's just about finished now and I will pick up some cherry shrimp soon to help with the algae.
Now I want to make the tank perfect for plants.
1. I have a 10W compact fluorescent screwed in there now, but what would be better? Should I just remove the hood completely and set up a desk lamp behind the tank? (will the shrimp escape? What about my pair of black skirt tetras?)
2. I am picking up a bag of eco-complete this afternoon and I will replace most of my gravel with the stuff. This won't mess up the cycle will it? Should I just add it to the gravel (I don't have enough gravel in the tank anyway).
3. I haven't been able to check yet, but I'm worried the co2 and my piece of driftwood might make the water slightly acidic. Is this a problem for the flora or fauna?
4. Is the co2 supposed to be on all the time? If not then what do I do? Just pull the tube out of the tank at night?
What else might I do? I'm very serious about the plants, I have never had this much fun with a fish tank.