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cycling my 1st planted tank

i'm in the process of cycling my first planted tank (day #2). i have always used live plants in my aquariums but this is my 1st attempt at a full blown aquascape, Co2, etc. this site has been so helpful!

overnight a white fuzz took over all the branches. it's not on the rock or substrate (yet??). i'm a little bit nervous because i used the eco complete and sand from a previous aquarium and now wondering if i've introduced something terrible. should i kill the lights for a while? clean it off or just leave it be as the cycle runs?

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12 g
ammonia: .25 ppm
nitrite: 1.0 ppm
nitrate: 5ppm
ph: 8.1
temp: 80.1
lighting 18W LED (not sure this is going to hack it with the baby tears.)

i like to dose with Tom's pure ammonia.


waiting for a part from amazon before i can get the co2 going. i purchased the Fluval mini kit but the diffuser seemed like overkill. so i have a mini canister with regulator, a checker valve, a bubble counter, and a ceramic diffuser but i have no idea how to assemble it. if anyone can explain it to me without laughing, please do!
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The fuzz is normal on new driftwood. It will go away. Nice Scape!


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Agree with above. It will go away on its own over the next week or two. Completely normal for new wood.
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should i remove the small "tree" on the right? something about it looks "off" to me. when i first finished the 'scape i had just the large branch and it seemed like there was too much open space on the right. now it seems off. keep it or trash it?

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I like the 2 sided layout.
Large 'land mass' + large 'tree'
Smaller 'land mass' + smaller 'tree'
A river runs through it, dividing it unequally so it looks natural.

looks good, and I can see the plants you have on the branches filling out and making it look even better.
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thanks so much for the feedback! do you think i should add moss to the small tree or leave it bare? my original intention was to drape the branches over the creek bed and make it look like a fallen tree (hence, no moss). but it kept floating to the surface. how long til it gets waterlogged and stays put?

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