Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Hey everyone, I would like to say that I am new here and that I look forward to receiving/giving advice on this forum!!
OK, I have a 55 gallon planted tank. I have plain gravel as a substrate, add Natural Gold Fertalizer, DIY yeast CO2, and have 150 watts of 5500 K light. I do water changes everyother day about 20%.
This is my "problem #1". When I started the tank, I put the sword plants in pots with a nutrient substrate. I want to add flourite since it is $10 a bag at Bigalsonline.com. I have small (1-3mm) gravel in already, but was thinking of adding 3 bags flourite and removing some of the regular gravel, though not all because I don't want to uproot the plants. I have maybe 1 inch of gravel in it already, will the substrate with flourite be rich enough for the plants?
"Problem #2". I am pretty sure I need another filter. I turned my emperor 400 flow down and attached sponge to the outake. The surface moves, but there aren't any bubbles or ripples, just smoothly moving. I did this so CO2 wouldn't dissipate. I was thinking another Emperor 400 setup same way as the one now or a HOT Magnum 250 since the water is released below the water level, no agitation. Or maybe another type of power filter, what will help the water move more with least amount of surface agitaiton?
I think this is it, ALL help even if it says that my setup is all wrong is fine, thankyou soooo much!!!