My first planted tank!
After a few years of having mostly saltwater tanks, I decided to switch over to a freshwater planted tank after moving into my apartment and losing a lot of space =(.
Anyways I followed some advice and guides and picked through a lot of info to start up my tank, however there are some things I'd like to get a clear answer on and there no better way than talking with some real people to answer the specifics!
To start I'll describe my setup so you're clear what I'm dealing with. I started with no under gravel filter, I have 2 to 2 and a half inches of Eco complete on the bottom, topped with about 1 to 1 and a half inches of black sand. Im using a penguin hang on back filter with two cartridges, a heater keeping the tank at 75 degrees, 4 32-watt daylight florescent bulbs, and a power head for a little water flow. I planted about 8 plants yesterday and the tank has been running for about a week now. Only problem is that my friend decided to surprise me with plants from a local store but didnt bother to ask what they were or what conditions they needed. I'll be doing some research the next few days to try and figure that out. I'll also be adding a few more plants and hopefully some sort of moss and a nice piece of driftwood in the next few days.
Anyway there are a couple things im still not sure about. First off, does everything sound right above? Im considering taking out the powerhead cause I've heard I don't need that much water flow in the tank. Second, is C02. should I just go with the DIY water,yeast, and sugar? or should I spring the 30 bucks for a store bought one? And how exactly do I get it into the tank? and exactly what do I need to measure the co2? From what I understand you have hose going from the bottle to an air stone in the tank and at night do you just take the hose out or something? I also have an airstone running in the back during the day, should I leave that in there as well as the co2 stone? Or should I just use that for the co2?
Also, what type of liquid ferts or supplements should I buy to keep everything going smooth? Any other tips or tricks?