Ok so I am new to the forum and I hope I am posting this in the right sub.
I've recently decided to go 'all in' on a new setup and spend the right amount of money to do things correctly. I have tried to do my homework on this setup but I am still confused on a few parts of it. Especially water parameters and the like. So I was originally going to dry start the tank with hair grass and baby tears but I'll be away on vacation for 10 days next week and I was afraid the plants would dry out without someone misting them. So I just filled the tank and hoped the plants would stay down.
Ok so it is a 55 gallon tank with:
3 x 9 Liter ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia
1 x 2 Liter Power Sand
1 x Clear Super
1 x Bacter 100
2 x 24 inch Finnex Planted +
1 x 48 inch Finnex Planted + (This is new. Too much light?)
1 x Eheim 2215
1 x American Marine Pinpoint pH Controller
1 x Azoo CO2 Regulator
(I have a heater, powerhead, and an airstone. I heard airstones are bad for CO2 systems so we'll see if I keep that in)
Dwarf Baby Tears
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
Ok so the questions I have are:
Ok so I was gifted a fully automatic CO2 system
from Doctors Foster and Smith last year. I have the pH controller shut off the regulator when the pH is at 6.4. The question I have here is that the CO2 is only on maybe once a day. The pH gets to 6.4 fairly quickly with the CO2 on so it shuts off after 30 minutes. The only time the CO2 turns back on is when I do a water change and the pH goes back up. Is that normal? How often should CO2 bubbles be injected into the tank? Is there a specific time to do it? (Like before, during, or after the lights are on?) Also how many bubbles a second should I pump in the tank? I heard dwarf tears and dwarf hair grass need a fairly high level of CO2 to thrive into a carpet.
I've read everything from 6 hrs a day to 10 hrs a day. I am afraid of algae so I'm sticking to around 6 hrs a day.
One thing that got me confused were the baby dwarf tears. When I received them from Aquariumplants.com, they came in a nice little cup but they had no roots. So I just pulled them into tiny pieces and put them around the soil. This was fine but some of the floated out once I flooded the tank. I was hoping the plants I received already had some root growth. How long should it take for the roots to grow in?
Someone told me a long time ago at a LFS that if I had CO2 I didn't have to worry about ferts. This seems wrong. I put some root tabs in the soil but I figured that the Amazonia soil should be nutrient rich enough. What other ferts should I purchase?
I tried DHG and baby tears before knowing anything about live plants and I went through a lot of melting and heartache. I hope to do it right this time! Thanks in advance for any advice given!