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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone!

I'm new to this forum and i'm hoping to get your help and advice. I am new to planted tanks, coming from the African Cichlid side of the aquarium hobby. I decided to start my foray into the planted tank side of fish-keeping after seeing some amazing Iwagumi-style aquascapes.

So, I have a 16 gallon tank, with dimensions length 60cm, height 30cm, depth 30cm. I have 4 10watt LED Spotlights around 2 inches above the tank. For substrate, I decided to go with a dirted tank to save some money. Sifted some topsoil and removed all organic matter and ended up with a fine silt substrate. I capped it with some pool filter sand.

I planted some Dwarf Hairgrass and I'm adding some C02 via a DIY setup (sugar+yeast), it is diffused very well by using a cigarette filter at the end of the airline tubing coming from my DIY setup, I get a very fine mist of CO2. No ferts, as I read a dirted tank should have enough nutrients atleast for a while. It has been two weeks and it seems absolutely nothing is happening when it comes to growth. My water however is turning slightly green.

Based on my current setup as described, I would like to hear your opinions on:

1) What would you change?
2) Is this sufficient to get DHG to carpet nicely?
3) If so, how long can I expect it to take?
4) Is my light sufficient?

My tank:

The 10W LED Floodlights I mentioned:

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 07:55 PM
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Two weeks is no time at all. Your DHG is probably still acclimating to your tank conditions, if not acclimating to being submerged at all. Soon (2 months?), the DHG will find the dirt under the sand cap and growth will take off. In the meantime, with a freshly setup tank like this you should not be alarmed to experience a couple of algae blooms in the next month or two. This is completely normal and temporary. Water changes will not help: you just have to be patient. The fastest way to make it through this starter period is to add no fish. If you don't have to worry about the health of aquarium inhabitants, you are free to let your water parameters go nuts as your tank stabilizes itself. Some snails might be good, though.
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Thanks for your response I guess I am just being a bit impatient lol. I don't plan on adding any fish until the DHG is fully carpeted so i'll just let things stabilize as you suggest. Thanks
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