I'm planning on starting a new aquarium for my dorm on University and, after changing over 5 times the plan, I think I have already figured out how I want it to be
This is my first planted tank (as in plants having a bit more protagonism rather than being some floating stuff for fry to hide
) so any comment or help is welcome
This is the set up:
TANK: 18" * 9" * 11.4" cristal tank with a cristal lid
LIGHT: Blau Mini Pl 18w
SUBSTRATE: Topsoil mixed with a bit of clay (1" deep) and capped with JBL Manado (1" deep)
CO2: Easy Carbo 1mL/daily
FERTS: EI dosing (because the only plant taking nutrients from the water column is a java fern I'm wondering whether I should use less of the recommended dose and only twice a week)
FLORA: E. Belem (aka Eleocharis Mini) carpet with Java fern on driftwood
FAUNA: Halfmoon Betta, Zebra snail and (maybe) a couple cherry shrimps
I was planning on doing a 5 days DSM to get the roots of the E. mini settled before I flood the tank as they come from an emersed source so that they have a better chance of transitioning without major problems.
My questions right now are:
- Is EI dosing excessive? Will this bring an algae bloom?
- I thought about putting a willow branch in the tank in the case of any algae bloom after flooding as the soil will release a lot of nutrients. But, is there any way I can prevent so many nutrients going into the water column
- Is 5 days enough to get the roots a bit settled before the flood? I don't want it to carpet in so short obviously (I know that takes about two months of DSM) but I do want to prevent as many floaters as possible
- The tank was to be put next to a window with indirect light (but quite a lot). Is that too much light considering I'm only using liquid CO2?
If you can see any loopholes on my plans, please feel free to give advice and save me from turning my aquarium into a cute little pea soup