Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Central, MA.
new tank, need a little help
Hi, Would like to thank everyone for all your post and replys. By reading so many for some time now, I have been able to set up my first tank. So for a start with trying keep things simple, I went with a red cherry shrimp tank. Set up the tank and did a fishless cycle, then 20 shrimp in the beginning of July. Every thing seems to be going fine no losses and lots of little ones. This is what I have and then I need to ask a few questions. TYIA for any help.
Tank is 20L
lighting, Nova extreme 2x 24w 1-10,000K, 1-FW Pink (8 hrs a day)
AC-20 and AC-50 with pre sponge
100W, Heater, set at 75
Regaler black gravel
Some rocks and driftwood
Flam moss, Christmas moss and Java ferns
40 -50 Red Cherry Shrimp
4- Otto cats
30 to 40% water change once a week
API test kit, my reading are, Am.0, nit.0., nitrate5.0 before and after water changes. (think I get the nitrate from my tap water)
The one mistake I did make is with the black gravel, should have went with eco or fluorite, but I guess that is for the next tank.
Now for the questions,
Mosses seem to be growing well but slow, Java ferns thy did come with black spots on them from the start. They do not seem to be getting any more. Do not want to cut them becoses they have lots of plantlets on them. Some do look nasty. Do I pull of the plantlets or just let them be till thy fall off.
Fertilizers, been using Excel and Flourish, is there some thing elis I should add? Or should I be dosing some other way?
CO2, would there be any benefit to DIY co2, for a tank like this?
Thank you for any help. Mark