Hello everyone! I just started my planted tank and I have a few questions.
-29G(dimensions: 30" long x 12" wide x 18" high)
-Hagen Nutrafin co2 system
-Regent filter system from wal-mart
-Coralife T-5 Lighting with 18w Full-spectrum bulb and 18w 6700k plant bulb( this makes it a little more that 1wpg)
-One bag of Eco-complete substrate(only about 1-2" deep)
-Regent filtration system (from wal-mart)
-2 amazon swords
-and various other plants that need around med lighting, which were added only a day ago along with the substrate (ill get the names when i go back to my LFS)
As for my parameters, I do not know any of it. I have yet to get a test kit.
Ive only had my tank for about a month now. I used to have a subtrate not suitable for plants and purchased amazon swords and java fern along with my t-5 lighting. I used Flourish Excel every other day and Flourish twice a week. When I saw that they werent doing well and had green algae all over the tank, I went to a LFS store and they suggested getting new substrate and a co2 system. I bought these, then a day later went crazy and bought 7 plants that needed medium lighting . I know its too early for me to see if my new plants are doing well or not, but given my set up, I have various questions on what I need or should improve on. I am thinking I need a new filter b/c the co2 system will not work effectively with the surface agitation. So, my first question is what is the cheapest filter that would work with my heavily planted tank with little to no surface agitation. Next, I would like to know if my lighting is sufficient? I know I should at least have 2wpg but from 2 lfs's that I have been to say that my lighting is good enough for plants that need low to medium lighting. If my lighting is fine, how many hours should I have it on? If not, whats the cheapest lighting set up to fulfill my tanks needs. Now for my substrate. Ive only added one bag and its only about 1-2 inches deep. Is it absolutely necessary for me to get more? And if I do need more, what is the best way to add it in without harming my fish.
I have a feeling Im going to get flamed for my set up, but any constructive criticism will be much appreciated