Well I recently set up a 20L planted in hopes that if it turns out well I'd like to setup a planted discus tank in a 55 I have sitting empty at the moment. I've got alot of plants, java fern, java moss, banana plants, wistera, amazon sword, radican sword, microsword, and a couple different crypts. The tank is pretty full to be honest.
I have been doing my research and posting on another forum a lot but every time I read a topic I end up with more questions then what I tried to solve. Anyways I've got 2 Whisper 10Gal Filters on each end of the tank. They've each got airline tubing running into the impeller from (2) 2 liter bottles filled with a CO2 recipe. My substrate is Flourite and its about 3 inches deep. I also have used Seachem Root tabs. Lighting is a coralife 2x15W 6700K Bulbs, Regular Floursecent tube 20W 6500K, and a 10000k 15W - the lighting is setup on a timer. This isn't my first aquarium, as I have setup numerous 20 Highs and small 10 gallons so I used quite abit of filter media to get a quick cycle.
Levels are reading Ammonia:0 , Nitrite:0, Nitrate:40. And I just did a water change this afternoon to try and lower the Nitrate, was waiting to retest until tomorrow evening.
Anyways, I have some questions on CO2 and Liquid ferts. I obtained alot of sample liquid ferts from my workplace (lfs) and they include : Seachem Potassium, Seachem Excel, Seachem Iron, Seachem Phosphate, Seachem Trace. As my first question :I read the labels, and was going to setup a schedule based on once/twice a week dosing but was curious how am I supposed to know how much and when?
Second, I picked up a GH/KH API test kit and according to the test kit my KH is 2dKH which I put into this calc http://www.fishfriend.com/aquarium_co2_calculator.html
as well as my pH(6.0) and I get a ppm of CO2 at 60ppm - Wrong/Right?
I'd like some input on the two above questions, I read some of the stickies about ferts and all but they all mention dry ferts. I tried to search for some topics related but my eyes are starting to bleed!
EDIT: I forgot to mention the tank has been setup for nearly 2-3 weeks now and the plants seem 'decent' but they are covered with flourite dust. They also don't seem to be growing at a crazy rate either.