First off thank you to the admin for having this website and thanks to all those who post. Also thanks to Rex Grigg for his very informative site. You have all contributed to my pea sized brain.
Hopefully much of the info here has sunk into it and I can have a successful first adventure into planted tankdom....or at least a less painful one.
I picked up a 30gal tank 7 months ago and built a cabinet for it. I finally put the polyurethane on it this week. I have ordered a bunch of stuff over the past 2 weeks to try to get this thing up and running.
This is what I have:
96watt freshwater aqualight with a 6500k bulb
3 bags eco-complete
plan on picking up a 150 watt heater
I have only check my tepid water for a few readings. Those being:
I hope these readings are not unworkable. From what I have read I would think they are okay. Wish I would have checked my no3 but little late right now. I really doubt there are any traces of nitrates though.
1. I am hoping 3 bags of eco is enough. I have the feeling some of you will tell me that is a bag shy. Substrate calculator says it will be 2.5inches. Should I order another bag. Money money money. lol
I plan on running a DIY Co2 for now. I have ordered some parts to build a reactor similar to the one here. I am sure you have all seen it before. http://www.qsl.net/w2wdx/aquaria/diyco2.html#3
2. A quick question on this reactor. If I were to use the smaller 20oz bottle beside the 2 liter which i believe is meant to keep the line clean, can I also place enough water to cover the ridgid tubing to also use this bottle as a bubble counter and still successfully push gas up the line? I suppose I could try to count what comes out of the airstone but not sure if that would be easily done considering the bubbles are being diffused by the stone.
3. EI dosing. This is what I have read least about. Well I just have to read Tom Bahr's article bout 50 more times to get it thru my thick skull. Without gettin into specifics yet. When I plant my cycle plants how soon will I have wait to begin adding n03 ect..... I plan on going without fish for a couple weeks at least and then starting slowly with ottos and maybe a SAE to start.
4. Hardscapes.... I want to get a piece of driftwood but do not want to give 40 bucks for one. But I would like it to sink. LOL I want it all!!!!! and more!!(maybe some cake and eat it too). Any advice on this. I would also like to get some rock. Is anything possible at local lawn and garden shops? Seems like the LFS and the commercial ones want me to give my right arm for a few lbs of decoration?
Well I am sure I have 1000 other questions. But they escape me for right now and these few are enough for me to digest at this time. Once again thank you all for your knowledge ....insight and advice. It has been very helpful thusfar.
P.S. One question I really wanted to ask. Is it okay to use a all glass hood for the top of the tank or is that unadvisable. I am not sure if people cover there tops or leave them open for the most part. I know this might affect the lighting a little but I do have 3.2wpg.