I'm really glad that i joined this forum (a few minutes back) and by the looks of it i now for sure i would get loads of information and knowledge about fish keeping and i'm really looking forward to it.
To start with, i would just like to give a brief about my tank and my experience and then the questions i want to ask..
I'm, very new into this hobby, only about 14-15 months old. I've a 4ft by 2 ft by 1 ft tank (approx 60 gallons) and its an unplanted one.
I'd started with all the hardy fishes and had lost many of them during the initial phase of my learning curve but have now managed to keep my fishes healthy offlate after understanding the basics of the ecosystem of the tank and its working.
I'm now really keen on setting up a planted tank. And i have a few questions bout it.
I only have this one tank and no hospital tanks, i treat my fishes or keep them in a bucket only meant for them.
I previously had these ceramic colourful big sized gravel which i've changed to golden brown river sand (course sand)
My filteration system consists of an Undergravel Filter and a turbo filter.
Now these are my queries: Filteration:
I previously only had a turbo filter but now since i have a UG filter too i need to know the schedule of my filteration. Presently my UG filter runs almost throughout the day and turbo filter for 30-60 mins a day. Water is crystal clear. Please suggest if there should be any changes made regarding this.
Also since i have course sand i'm now worried my UG filter might clog up if the pores get packed with finer particles of sand...how do i solve this issue?
Today was the first time that i siphoned out the water after i changed my gravel to sand (its been a week since i changed gravel) and i found finer particles being siponed out..these particles are pretty fine...should i avoid siphoning the sand to prevent the finer sand from removing itself from the tank? or would it help me in the long run to keep my filter unclogged? Introduction of Plants
I'm planning to plant dwarf hairgrass first in my tank and before buying it i need to solve a few issues
1. I need to know the exact method of planting a plant in a tank..
2. I already have fishes in my tank and i dont know where to keep them while the plants are introduced so any suggestions on that
3. Many of the fishes i have are grazers like red caps, black moore, silver dollars and i dont know if they would really prove to be harmful for my plnts (i dont really wanna get rid of them but if i really have to i might cuz i really wanna setup a planted tank now)
4. How important is laterite soil and CO2 for a planed tank cuz right now i dont have provisions for either.
Its gettin late here n i have plenty more questions but i guess i'll ask them later after i sort out these questions from u guys!
Hope to recieve some replies soon...