So I just planted my first tank two days ago. I have attached pics and will give some details about the tank. My primary questions are when should I add fish and how much lighting to use?
I currently have two bulbs: Life-glo (6700k) and power-glo (18000k)
I have a light timer and plan to do 6 hours on a day for now. Is the power glo too much?
The substrate is Red Sea max mixed with florite. The large plants came from a guy on craigslist and the smaller ones I bought online. EDIT: this may or may not be relevant but I also got all the substrate from this guy on CL, it was a 5 gal bucket worth and filled my tank perfectly. He says he only used it for a few months.
Did some water tests this morning and the results are:
Ammo - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 5?
Ph - 6.6-7.0
I posted pics so you can do your own interpretation. I followed the testing advice listed here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...97#post1960797
about banging the bottles for the nitrates etc, so those results should be pretty accurate.
I just want to know what the next step is... I got my plants in there, tank cycled (I think) and my fish are chilling in a bucket. Just wondering what everyone thinks about putting them back in the tank, and how to proceed and make sure my tank flourishes from here!
PS I added a little leaf zone but for the most part dont plan on using too much fertilizers.