An update on my conversion...suggesstions appreciated!
It's been a few weeks, and I've got a nutrients routine going:
This is all dry dosing...is there any reason to dose anything "wet"? I find it easier to mix a cup of solution when I dose it, and drop it in. This is in a 36 gallon tank:
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. KNO3 (Potassium Nitrate)
1/16 tsp. KH2PO4 (Mono Potassium Phosphate)
1/2 tsp. K2SO4 (Potassium Sulfate)
1/4 tsp. Traces Plantex CSM+B
I have some iron Chelate, but haven't decided if it should be a part of my routine.
For those in the know, does that look right?
Here's how the tank looks now:
I've got some plants in the mail destined for that bare spot.
I hope to end up with as much of the tank planted and still look good. I am new to aquarium plants and would welcome any suggestions for specific plants to add.
I have to scrub the sides once a week so far. Will it always have algae on the sides after a week? Or do i not have enough CO2 perhaps. The things I know are as follows:
50% water changes once a week
130 Watts light (3.6 watts/gal)
I think C02 is a little low, so I wonder about my CO2 reactor being capable of much more. I have it up to about 2 bps, and if I do more it will cough out large bubbles, so I figure it's maxed.
I have several fish, a fiddler crab, a couple snails, and a few shrimp. I would like the tank to have as many different kind of creatures as possible. So far they've all been getting along. I'd like to start growing some plants that are a little more difficult, and will not need as much trimming as the plants (weeds) I have growing now. I'm looking forward to adding some red as well. Thanks for any suggestions you may have!