Setting up the big one
I recently moved and am FINALLY able to set up my 55gal!
It's been cycling for a week now and I've got a couple questions regarding my situation.
I've got Seachem Flourite substrate down and have plants coming.
DHG carpet, Amazon Sword, Red flame, and a bonsai drift wood with java moss "leaves"
Current water parameters are as follows:
PH -> 7.6
Ammonia and NitrITE -> 0ppm
NitrATE -> 20ppm
KH & GH Both -> 200-400ppm
Is the flourite releasing the nitrATE or could the biofilter be SUPER established already? (I did use 5 gallons of cycled water from my current planted tank to start with)
It's obviously not ready for fish, but can I get the plants going with those numbers?
I'm banking on water changes to deal with the high KH/GH, will the driftwood and plants help buffer it to an acceptable level too?
PennPlax 1200 canister filter
submersible heater set to 78degrees
CO2 injected at 3-4gtts/sec
Finnex 24/7 Planted+ on 24hr cycle setting.
Thanks for any advice!