Hey folks, just got into aquariums a couple weeks back and I'm absolutely loving it so far. I decided to start off with a standard 10 gallon planted set up to make sure I can actually handle it before I upgrade to anything larger.
I would love to get some feedback on anything you see in my tank that I'm doing wrong or just some recommendations on how I can benefit my tank!
So far my set up consists of:
-Standard 10 Gallon Tank
-Tetra Whisper EX30 Filter
-Rio+ 200 Pump
-DIY CO2 Setup w/ bubble counter and check valve. (Rio pump is used as a diffuser and seems to be working well. I'm closely monitoring the performance of the pump to make sure the CO2 air pockets aren't harming it.
-Standard light hood with a 15W CFL on non planted side and a 12W 50/50 aquarium bulb for the planted side.
-Large piece of driftwood
Plants consist of:
-Madagascar Lace (big mistake)
-Anubias on smaller piece of driftwood
-A few Anacharis
-The one in the bottom right of the photo I can't identify (looks maybe like a type of sword?
-Also, what is the plant floating in the top left? It came in my back of shrimp
-Once the tank is cycled and depending on how my plants react to my tank, I'd like to cover the foreground in DHG or some dwarf baby tears but we'll see. In the mean time, my LFS just got their huge plant shipment in today so I know where I'll be this weekend!
-Tank is about a week old and I've started to get some white algae growth on the drift wood. I bought about 12 ghost shrimp to hang out and munch away, hoping this helps with the cycle as well seeing as I'm not adding any pure ammonia.
My cycle has been going for about a week, I've been adding conditioner and Prime while also dosing a very tiny bit of liquid plant fertilizer every few days. Will I be able to successfully cycle my tank without the added ammonia or should I go ahead and add a few test fish to give it a boost?
Thanks for checking out my set up, I would love any help I can get! Don't mind the semi-bad condition of the plants, I just set up my CO2 a couple days ago in hopes that this will help bring them back to their full potential.
Here's my tank: