Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Newbie needs help with a small planted tank
I decided to start a planted tank over the weekend, and so far.. not so bad.
Here's a rundown:
10 gallon tank lightly planted w/ some red hygro, anacris, a moss ball and a few other things I don't know the name of.
Using a duetto 50 w/ DIY co2 in the intake
I have a current dual lamp setup, 2x40watt (10k and 6.7k bulbs)
Water chemistry is as follows:
water temp is about 84 (it's hot in here!)
I had a little problem with the DIY co2 injection on day two, my tubing was dipping into the yeast mixture, and I awoke to find that it had pumped an unknown amount into the tank (not a whole lot I don't think). I did a 60% water change, and the water cleared up a bit.
Right now I'm seeing a lot of cloudiness, and I'm not sure if it's because the tank hasn't cycled yet, or because there is still some left over yeast-nastiness in the water. The two red tiger somethings I have swimming around in the tank seem to be doing OK, but I'm worried.
I tested the water in another tank (turtles) and while the nitrate level in the turtle tank is off the scale (no surprise there), the other numbers look the same.
I'm wondering about the cloudiness. Usually when I'm setting up a tank it goes away in about 24 hours time, but it seems to be taking much longer in this tank. I've also noticed that the water seems to be very aerated, so I'm thinking that could be because of the co2 injection (the duetto seems to do a good job at breaking up the bubbles).
Can someone give me some advice? I'm worried about my gh, wondering if I'm going to have to soften up my water a bit.