Hey guys. Let me explain my situation.
-One Week old 10 Gallon tank
-20 Nitrates in my Tap Water
-1 Flourescent Bulb
I just bought the Egeria because it was suggested that I get some in order to control my Tap Water's Nitrate level.
I went to Petsmart as suggested, but the only Egeria that they had was home to a bunch of Golden Mystery Snails. Apparently, the woman said that the bunch she gave me had no snails on it, but I can't be too sure. Also, there is a ton of floaty things (looks like plant matter) in the bag filled with water.
Should I rinse the plant before placing it in my tank?
Also, I bought a single 10 watt flourescent bulb. I figured just one would be enough, since it says they're 40% brighter than incandescent bulbs. The bulb will give off the UV needed to support the plant, right?
Will I need another bulb?
Any suggestions you can give me would help a ton. Keep in mind that the Egeria is sitting in it's bag right now, so a quick response detailing the first steps I should take would be amazing.
If there is anything else that you need to know, please let me know.
(edited to change Elodea to Egeria)