Here's my situation. I'm a teacher and I have a 20 gallon High tank in my classroom that I've had a few fish in over the years so it's been set up for a while. I love the idea of having a planted tank so I'm in the process of switching it over. I thought it would be best to start this build thread of sorts to ask questions along the way instead of asking a million others or searching for stuff that doesn't exactly fit my situation. I love the search feature and use it a lot but I'm a little neurotic about making sure it applies to what I have going on.
Anyways, along the way of switching it over, I've slowly added a few plants that my lfs said would be okay with low light. Not to be one to want to hold back I want to expand my options. I've set up a diy yeast CO2 set up that seems to be working really well. My lights are pretty crazy right now as I'm trying to up my watts per gallon to compensate for having C02 (I hope I've understood this right.) I have three fixtures over a 20H!!! I have two normal freshwater fixtures with 15w bulbs (one is GE aquarays and the other is an eclipse daylight bulb). In addition to this I have a corallife t5 fixture leftover from a nano reef tank. It has two t5 Normal Output bulbs in them that are used up and need to be replaced. They are currently running actinic and 10000K bulbs. I ordered two GE 6500 bulbs to replace these and they're on the way. I'd like to replace the other two generic fixtures with another similar coral life NOT5 fixture in the future.
As a substrate, I still have a pebble-like rock substrate. I've been using Flourish tabs to help with the plants. I also use Flourish supplement and dose 1/3 a cap twice a week. I have a HOB filter that I run carbon in a media bag in. I also have the output from the C02 going into the intake of the HOB filter.
The plants that I've already added are:
- Anubias Nana
- Amazon Sword
- Sprite plant
- banana plant
- java fern (i think)
- stringy moss like plant (sorry don't know what it is)
Current Fish (other stuff) include:
- 2 small angels
- 2 cory catfish (sp.)
- 2 guppies
- 3 snails
- In the future, I'd like to add two larger angels and more guppies but haven't yet (okay to do??)
My plants seem to be doing great. They are producing bubbles and I've seen a lot of growth since adding the extra light and C02.
Sooo, what have I done wrong? Any suggestions on what I should change? My main questions/concerns have to do with my fish as I'm accustomed to running an airstone to make sure the water is oxygenated enough and now I've taken that out and put C02 in!!! Seems dangerous.
Thanks for helping out!!!