JBJ Nano Cube 6g: My first tank ever...
Hello all, so I finally did it and got a tank. After some deliberation I settled on the JBJ Nano Cube 6 gallon for my desk at work.
I have a couple of questions but here is a quick status update:
I got the tank and set it up 10 days ago. I got some plants from my LFS including 2 crypts of some sort, some rotala indica, 2 pygmy chain swords, and some lloydiella. The plants have been in the tank 7 days.
I used Red Sea Flora Base substrate. I don't have a heater but the pump/lights keep the water just below 80 F depending on the AC in my building.
The plants seem to be establishing themselves; the lloydiella is growing what seem to be roots from the upper nodes and quickly reaching down for the substrate. And this morning I had a pygmy chain sword runner sprout up. The rotala came with a bunch of cotton-looking algae on it which has since started to evaporate but now I have some brown algae taking off...
I have been monitoring the water daily and have seen the ammonia spike and then go away. Currently the nitrite is through the roof.
As of today here are the values for the tank:
NO2: >3.3 mg/L,
NH3: 0 mg/L
Temp: 79 F
I have been using RO and adding buffer (R/O Right).
I plan on keeping 20 or so red cherry shrimp and maybe 5-6 neon tetras. Here are my questions...
I've been reading as much as I can but the information seems mixed.
Are my values appropriate for my future shrimp/fish? I am a bit worried about the hardness. I really don't know what I should be using to keep it in check. The R/O Right seems to put the GH too high by the time the KH is even measurable.
Also is a pH of 7.5 too high?
Thanks in advance for any help, I am really enjoying myself so far with the hobby but want to make sure I've got things under control before I add my shrimp and fish.
Here's a picture. I have since ordered a 6500k light to replace the 50/50 that came with the cube.