01-08-2012, 06:15 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
| | Re: Hello I am a newbie with plants in the tank
Nachos, welcome to APC!
I suspect that you will need to add two more lights to your tank. You are probably getting medium-low light directly under your fixtures, but the areas in the middle and at the ends may be too dim. The egg crate is also reducing the light a little. Can you hang the lights instead, or cut holes in the egg crate underneath the fixtures? That said, I've found sprial compact fluorescents to be quite effective lighting for planted tanks.
You do need more plants to help with ammonia and nitrite uptake and biofiltration. Fortunately, the hornwort is an excellent plant for this purpose in new tanks, so just collect some more of it. Your "lily pad" does look like a member of the water lily family, but I can't tell which one.
What part of the country are you in? This might help us identify the plants. The long leaf plants might be sagittaria, a common aquatic plant in many parts of the USA.
Using the bioballs in your Eheim is good.