I'm new to this forum, and am from New Zealand. I have a 200L turtle tank with my pride and joy "Squirtle" in there with some java moss, danios and some other stem plants that he has decided to chew from the bottom of the stems. Oh well...
Anyway, lately I have built my own nano aquarium. The dimensions are 40cm(L)x30cm(W)x25cm(H). It took about a week for the silicone to cure, then I did a leak test, which turned out fine. I have also built a small stand for it.
I plan to aquascape this tank, with an iwagumi type scape. I need to find some suitable rocks for it still. I have just bought an Aqua One AL15D, which gives me 30W of light or 4W per gallon (outdated rule I know) or 30W per 20cm of water depth ( to compensate for gravel depth and stuff).
I plan for this to be a cheap High Tech nano. So I have decided to go with a DIY CO2 reactor. Using a 1.5L Ice Tea Bottle and the regular sugar water yeast and airline with a check valve.
a few questions about the CO2:
1. How can I make a diffuser? I'm pretty nifty with the DIY stuff
2. Ive heard of DIY CO2 generators exploding. Will the check valve prevent this?
3. Do I need to make a bubble counter? and how many bubbles per second should I be aiming for?
Okay now plants.
I plan to use a single line of hairgrass or twisted val as a backdrop. Rocks as a hardscape and riccia as a lawn.
I'm not sure about it yet, this or, having two rock features at each back corner, then a riccia lawn, and then a stream of silica sand.
Questions about the plants:
1. Any tips for growing out riccia? Im only getting a small bunch so need to grow it out before I can attach it to rocks.
2. Will the plants use all the CO2, from the CO2 reactor I stated above?
And I found this fertilizer in the garden shed.
Would this be suitable to use as fertilizer for the aquarium?
Any suggestions or insights are welcomed.
Thanks in advance