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I am planning to do a 55 gallon tank from scratch eventually but thought I would break myself in by planting in an existing 20g tank. The tank is now lit with two 35 watt 6500K spiral CF bulbs adapted to the original hood. Substrate is the original "clown barf" gravel that should be very mulm rich after several years of goldfish. Plants right now are Wisteria, Water Sprite, two swords and Idunnowhattheheckitis. No CO2 injection as yet. Tank has an undergravel filter, but I've turned off the air, so nothing is pulling water through the gravel now. I have a magnum 350 providing filtration otherwise.
Water Sprite is growing like mad. Wisteria is happy but not growing, swords are growing slowly and the mystery plant is growing out ok. After 10 days of new lighting, no real algae probs.
I plan to start DIY CO2 soon.
Here are my questions:
I am not dosing at all, nor I have i stuck any fert in the substrate. What should I do - buy a premix and learn with that or go with pmdd? Should I be using plant food sticks in the "Clown Barf"?
The undergravel filter ain't coming out. Should I run air at night to keep flow through it or leave it be?
What test kits do I need? Who makes decent ones?
Can I stockpile mulm for my 55 from maintenance work on my 20? Does "blackwater" and associated bacteria freeze well? (Mulmsicle - Yum!).
Last edited by Lmandrake; 05-24-2006 at 02:59 PM..