Couple of questions from a beginner
So I had fish tanks for years, everything from large 200+ gallon cichlid tanks to a 180g Reef full of SPS and clams. One thing I never took on was a planted.
Well I have been out of the hobby for a few years and am now stepping back in with a freshwater planted tank. I want to be sure I am covering all my bases and that I haven't missed anything. Once the tank is settled and isn't fluctuating I will be keeping mostly discus with a few other small fish.
Tank - 75g w/ stand
I like this depth it allows for aquascaping and is large enough for the fish I intend to keep.
Lighting - 4 65w CF
2 are 10000k and 2 are 6700k, swapped out the actinic for the 6700k.
Filters - 2 ehiem 2213
Decided on 2 smaller filters because I want to be able to have the reactor just on one and this allows for more flow adjustment. Can add a PH if flow isn't enough for me.
C02 - pressurized
Using a DIY PVC reactor hooked up inline with one of the ehiems.
Substrate - 40lbs of Flourite and 40lbs of Eco-complete
I think it still looks a little thin but it is about 3" deep.
Hardscape - about 40lbs of bog wood
Using all wood and not much rock because I want to keep the water soft and acidic for the discus.
I am sure I am just diving into the deep end but I like challenges.
The few questions I have are;
Do I have enough light to keep red plants red?
I will adding staurogyne, HC and Java Moss this week. the tank has been running for a week but I used an already cycled filter which has rushed the cycle quite a bit. They will not be here until friday, so at that point the tank has been up for 2 weeks. Will this be safe or should I keep them in another tank for the time being? Picking up test kit on my lunch break so will know more tonight.
Right now the tank is at 78 degrees, of course once discus are added the temp will go up. I plan to keep it at 78 until I am ready to add them and increase the temp slowly. Will this help the plants since they can get a foot hold before the temp increase?
I have been reading like crazy about ferts, and have decided on using pfertz med-tech, possibly their high-tech package? Is this a good decision or would going a better route be adviced? I will be adding root tabs with certain plants.
I am going to limit light a bit at first so as not to have a massive algea out break but of course my plants response to lighting conditions will dictate that, good decision?
Thanks for the advice and I will be adding a tank journal soon as to get help as I go.