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?
The 10W LED Floodlights I mentioned:
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