Thanks so much for writing me. I just ran up the street to the pet store to double check my readings. Yes, my nitrates, nitrites, ammonia are all zero. Like I said, I did do the "adding liquid bacteria" method for a few days to cycle the tank.
Are my plants starving?
webskipper: Coincidentially, I did just get some manzanita driftwood this week for the tank and boiled it, although the tropical store said they already powerwashed it, they said I could boil it also. It is sitting on my kitchen counter. I was planning to attach some Christmas moss to it that I have on the way online. My local tropical store which runs plants for cheap and has a huge sale right now, has been out of about everything (because of sale), but told me their next big shipment comes in tomorrow so I was planning to get some dwarf sagittaria.
My lighting is very low. It is simply the light that came with the 15.8 gallon tank (it is LED attached under the hood and there are two 16 LED strips). I really want a larger tank but my landlord does NOT. Therefore, I got what I could.
Isn't styrene plastic? I thought that was bad for the fishies. Did you leave it in the tank?
My plants are already planted and my bulbs are already sprouting. If I put in flourite or eco complete now, would I have to unroot everything and start over? Can I take out some sand out and just put some eco complete in? Crap. I already started over once :-) and did not want to start over again. Heh.
Absntmind: Thanks. Strange as it is, crazy tropical store also told me I did not need root tabs. For a huge tropical fish store, they sure do not try to sell me stuff.
Holy_Peanuts: I read that too from the links that were sent to me and am now planning to hang that bit of info on the wall next to the aquarium until I remember it.
Are there any testing kits to test what nutrients I have?
I do not have any carbon dioxide set up. I was hoping to get by with Excel on a low light tank with low light plants. If I could not get by with that, I was planning on a DIY thing. I am a full time graduate student so right now I am on the three week break before summer session starts, but once school/practicum, etc. all starts, I would not have much time for a high tech set up I do not think.
I use the aqadviser and have absolutely no intention of overstocking fish. I am also over filtering (30 g filter on a 15.8 gallon tank). I chose to go the live tank route (that was the do over from initial gravel/fake plant route) because it looks better, seems to mimic the natural environment, and I read is better for the fishies. I like gardening so have no problems pruning etc. I have no time to garden outside (when I am in school) but I figure cutting back some plants in a small aquarium is okay.
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!
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