This is my first planted tank. 30G.
42W Lighting, Its been up for couple of days.
Based on todays reading.
I was trying to do fishless cycling. I added some fish food to get ammonia. I am assuming some bacteria must have come from plants to start the process. Since I see Nitrate already, I am guessing its working.
1. Is the GH of 8 good...bad?
2. I haven't added any fertilizer yet, but I am planning on using EI method. Can I add fertilizer right away or should I wait for few weeks since substrate should have lot of nutrients.
3. I am planning to add few algae feeders like shrimp. Will they survive during cycling? or is there any alternative choice?
4. I know I am running low on CO2. probably have to get a setup. Any idea on what's the best pressurized CO2 setup under $150?
This is my tank currently.