Hi Everybody, i just started a 12 gallon planted tank. Its just a reg rectangle tank, same footprint as a 10, just a lil higher for the plants. I setup a few before but they crashed quickly for some reason, so this time im taking my time and hopefully this tank will be a success.
So far I have the tank set up with natural gravel mix, aquaclear 30 filter, and 36 watts of Ahsupply retro light with 6,500 Bulb.
Im dosing excel right now till I get my 5 lb tank filled on Monday.
1- I didnt go with a planted substrate this time, as before I used eco complete and I hear after a few months all the ferts and nutrients in the gravel will be used up or leech out into the water anyway, so time I fig i try a natural color reg gravel. Will this yield good healthy plants? Will I have to add root tabs ferts every now and then?
2- As for a reactor, I have the hagen bubble ladder but im not sure how efficient this is to satuarate the water with CO2. I plan to keep the water level high so I get a small ripple across the top of the water so I dont outgas too much co2 from the Aquaclear. Do u think the petco mini filter would make a better reactor for this tank? Also, who makes a good drop checker, I want to use one of these so I can easily monitor the Co2 instead of testing PH drop? I see the rea sea drop checker in a lot of stores but not sure on the quality?
3- I would like to keep a puffer in this tank, but not sure which puffer would be best suited for a 12 gallon? I have some shrimp in my other tank I may throw in there too but will the puffer eat the shrimp?
Thanks in Advance.....