Having trouble with new tank-Help
Hello all. Like the title says, I'm having a bit of trouble with my new tank. I had a 15 gallon tall that had a high fish load and a few overgrown Elodea's. I assembled my 46 gallon tank using the gravel from the old tank along with new substrate and about 10 gallons of the old water. (trying to preserve as much bacteria as possible). I also placed the filter media from my old power filter into the new canister filter. I'm using DIY method for CO2 until I get my regulator. (probably a week away)
So I assemble everything last saturday, planted all the plants I had. Elodea, Anubias Nana, Anubias "Coffeefolia", Java Fern, Giant Jungle Vallisneria runners, Narrow leaf swords plantlets, 3 Tiger Lotus plantlets, a couple of sword plants, Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig', Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon' and Hygrophila. Added fish, and dosed with seachem flourish according to bottle directions. (I didn't have any dry ferts yet, which I got in the mail today. Thanks Greg)
Within 2 days I noticed what I think is cyanobacteria. (pictures included) I started on the large piece of lava rock and quickly want to the substrate and some plants.
I tested water today. Ammonia-0, Nitrite-0, Nitrate-0, ph 6.8, Chlorine 0.1, CaCO3-20ppm. It seems that the culpret is the lack of nitrate.
I've done some reading about removing the slime algae by using an antibacterial like E-mycin or the blackout method. Since most of the plants I received in the mail had some frost damage I'd rather not do the blackout method and I've read that using medication is harmful to the bacteria which is still in it's infancy. Are there any other options?
Also, I plan on doing the EI method with this tank. Should I start dosing ferts now or wait a bit? Also, when the tank is cycling should I do the weekly water changes prescribed in the EI? Or do I just let it sit and cycle then start EI?? Thanks for your help!!