Newbie has some questions
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
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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