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Hey guys, I'm going to apologize now if this is a long post, or if I seem like an idiot. So here is what i got going on and i could use some help/advise.

Tank: 65 gallon 18.4" back to front, 36.4" wide, 25" tall
Substrate: BDBS
Filter: FX4
Light: Stock florescent tube that came with tank (8 am on- 10pm off)
Heater: Jager 150w set to 78 degrees

So I started my tank on September 9 2017 and I have been cycling it. (or at least I think I am) I'm using Prime and Stability in my tank.

9/10 I put a fertilizer tabs in (5-6 DIY gelatin tabs with Osmocote) and 2 bundles of plants i got at the local store.

9/11 Water is cloudy, but seems to be doing ok. Tested water PH 7.5/Ammonia 0/ Nitrate 0/ Nitrite 0

9/12 Water clearing up but still cloudy, Tested water PH 7.6/ Ammonia 0/ Nitrate 0/ Nitrite 0

9/13 Water clearing up but still cloudy, driftwood seems to be mucus covered? Tested water PH 7.6/ Ammonia .5ppm / Nitrate 0/ Nitrite 0

9/14 Water a lot clearer but still a little cloudy, driftwood is covered with white see through kinda slime Tested water PH 7.6/ Ammonia .5ppm / Nitrate 0/ Nitrite 0

So my question is, is this normal? Does driftwood get a slimy type goo on it? everything put into the tank (driftwood and rocks) was boiled at least 5-7 times. The substrate was washed numerous times. Am I missing something? When should I start seeing ammonia spikes, or nitrites/nitrates? Also can i get some no BS answers as far as a good light source, and hardy plants to start with?

I've had the tank since Christmas and I have been doing research since i got it to make sure I'm not just setting fire to my money. (So much contradicting information online for damn near everything) The internet is great for information, but a newbie can get very, very, very overwhelmed really quickly. Thanks in advance.
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So my question is, is this normal? Does driftwood get a slimy type goo on it? everything put into the tank (driftwood and rocks) was boiled at least 5-7 times. The substrate was washed numerous times. Am I missing something? When should I start seeing ammonia spikes, or nitrites/nitrates? Also can i get some no BS answers as far as a good light source, and hardy plants to start with?
Yes, it is quite typical for (new) driftwood to get the slimy goo on it. It is not harmful, but is a bit unsightly. You can remove it manually, but it may come back on its own. It will, however, also go away on its own with time.

As for ammonia, you are already starting to see a small spike, so I'd say your cycle has already started.

Also note that you may not see significant spikes in ammonia/nitrite because you have a few plants. For much more heavily planted tanks, often times, an ammonia spike is not even observed (plants preferentially uptake ammonia before nitrates)

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A couple of points....

- The wood slime is prolly normal. If it gets too bad, you might want to remove and clean.

- Since you didn't mention adding it, I'm not sure where the ammonia is coming from. Without an ammonia additive of some type, BB will never develop and the tank will not cycle. Stability should help jump start, but requires ammonia (food) for the beneficial bacteria.

- Unless it was specified as a light for a planted tank, most stock tank ensembles come with lights that are fine for viewing inhabitants, but not strong enough to support plants. You have the additional disadvantage of a deep (25") tank, making light penetration to the substrate more challenging. It's possible that even for low tech, you'll need more/better lighting. I'm using a Finnex Planted+ 24/7 and quite like it. The newer SE model is even better with more red in the midday light and auto shut off between 1am and 5/6am.

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Thanks for all the advice! I will start putting ammonia into the tank this weekend, and i will keep posting updates. Also, what are some good hardy beginner plants to have? I will more than likely get a new light this week, either the finnex planted or the current satellite pro plus.

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