New to planted tanks, advice wanted!
A few weeks ago I decided to set up a tank for aquatic plants with the idea of getting some tetras down the road. I bought a second hand set up that included the 25 gallon tank a 20 watt aqua glow light, a HOB Elite hush 20 filter, heater and pump with air stone plus some gravel.
I used fluval stratum substrate with some of the gravel to get a depth of 3inches, and got a anubias, flame moss, water wisteria, vallsneria, red flame sword and a water sprite.
Tank has been running for about three weeks now and water chemistry seems good except recently some of the plants seem to be getting bruied and turning brown, not the whole plant but just a stem, the water wisteria and sprite seem to be having issues.
I'm concerned it may be the temp which hangs around 79-82, which people tell me is great for the betta I just added yesterday but what about the plants?
I also want to know if I should be running an air stone as after reading some material about the plants liking a calm water surface I thought I didn't need the air stone and the filter which waterfall output agitates the water surface already.
For the leaves on the plants that are dying back should I pune them back or leave them to see if they recover?
Is co2 a must for a 25 gallon tank that I'm going for low light.
I decided to leave the heater running all the time which keeps the tank around 77-79 and only have the light on for 9-5, which brings the tank up to 82.3 by the end if the day. Is this ok or is the range if temp the shock hurting my plants? Is 82 ok for my plants or should I consider a smaller heater?
I'm hoping to plant a tank for glowlight and ember tetras, with lowlight amazon local plants as much as possible, I've already gone away from that a bit but any advise on plants that would do well in my tank is greatly appreciated.
I like moss floaters and fine grasses.
I have a nutrafin plant grow solution that I also added, as well as some worm castings that I put in before any fish were added.
Thank you for any help, I'm trying to read everything but this is my first fish tank as well as being a planted tank so hope all goes well.
Talk to me about low light plants and tetras!
Last edited by TetraTank; 06-03-2013 at 12:21 AM.
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