help setting up a planted tank
i now successfully keep a SPS reef tank and have never had a FW tank. I'm considering starting a planted tank but need some info on how to do this successuflly. so here are a few questions and thanks in advance.
1. what parameters do you actually measure? ph. alk, hardness, etc?
2. how much light is required for a FW planted tank to be successful?
3. does it require Co2?
4. how often do you do a water change in a FW tank?
5. i have a watersoftner in my house, how does this affect water for water changes to fill the tank?
6. do i have to have an air pump in the tanks setup?
7. my entire house has a carbon filter, is that sufficient not have to worry about chlorine in the water?
8. i also have a ro system, is that recommended for use in a planted tank?
9. i would want to use drift wood in my tank, is there a procedure in curing the wood?
10. what is one of the biggest concerns as far as problems in a tank that i need to look out for?
11. what kind of filter would you recommend and why?
i may have more questions but i figure i'd start there. i'm considering at least astandard 90 gallon tank to start my endeavour into the planted tank. i do love my sps reef tank and will probably do both if i go to Planted tanks. i love challenges thus the move to FW planted tanks.
After Ammonia and Nitrite is 0, I don't really test them anymore.
A couple weeks later, I stop measuring nitrate.
After 6-8 weeks when it's well cycled, I don't really test anything unless I add rocks, driftwood, or find a dead fish.
Do you need to supplement CO2? No. Bacteria and fish both convert oxygen to CO2. I go the low-tech route, as many of us here do, and I'm happy with it.
Do you need an air stone? No. It drives CO2 out of the water, which is bad.
Much more fish, thos are just examples. ;)
Nothing comes to mind... Don't trust your LFS, and buy plants from trusted places only... Always have the plants in mind and know what they look like before you go buy them.
Oh, and go buy some flourish comprehensive. It's all you need as far as fertiliser.
Can't add to what redchigh has said. After you've read the 4-part series, you may have additional follow-up questions, so ask away.
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