I have just purchased and setup a Fluval Roma 125l (33G) tank. I have scilica sand as substrate as I would like a few plants. I have a Fluval 305 filter. I am wanting to set up a basic peaceful community tank. Currently been running for 48hrs.
I am going thru quite a steep learning curve and I am not sure about a few things. I would like to keep things as straight forward as possible at first.
Will the 305 move the water too much for plants? Do I need to turn it down?
Do I need to disturb the surface of the tank? At present it is very dusty. Will the spray bar attachment help? Polishing pads or filter wool? Can these be placed on top of other media in the trays?
Do I not agitate the surface of a planted tank? Or because I am only going to plant a few plants and not add CO2 should the surface be disturbed a little?
Air stones? good, bad? Any point?
Am I worrying far too much and just concentrate on getting the water right and choosing the right fish first?
BTW As I have nothing in the tank yet I have just adjusted the outlet pipe so it breaks up the surface, to see if it will clear the dust. Very bubbly and noisy. I don't think it can stay like this as the tank is in my living room.
Sorry for the ramble.
Nice to join you. I have done a lot of searching over the last month or so and I am really liking this site and the info on board has been great already.