I've just recently finished the book "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium." It was very informative but I feel like I was a little too eager to start and rushed through Chapter 11 the Practical Aquarium set up. I must have over looked the finer details of the gravel section and chose the bagged pea gravel pebbles from Home Depot which is bigger than the 2-4mm that Ms. Walstad recommend. I only came across this error when I developed some water algae issues and reread some chapters (I've bought a Green Killing Machine UV sterilizer and added activated carbon to the quick filter.) I feel like I have followed everything else that was suggested pretty closely. I've used organic potting mix and layered the bottom ~ 1"-1 1/2" deep and I've planted heavily with a lot of variety. My water is soft and alkaline but I've added a large agatized coral with calcium deposits on it. I have an LED light with red and green diodes on order for the plants (Beamworks EA full spectrum) and the tank has been running for approximately 1 week. Iím also using the Aquaclear 50 power head with the quick filter like the book has suggested. I have some Cherry Barbs, a betta, and Corydoras in it already and they are doing well so I've ordered five Philippine Blue Angelfish online and they will be here Wednesday. What is your opinion about my gravel error? It was layered approximately 1.5Ē on top of my organic substrate but Iíve removed some to make it more like an inch. Should I tear down the tank and start over with smaller gravel or should I just add some 2-4mm gravel to pack the holes? Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Secondary question, my newly planted Vallisneria, Dwarf sagittaria, mini alternanthera and lobelia are starting to get paper thin leaves that are becoming see-through do you think itís because of the water clarity issues? I feel like I will lose them to die off soon.
List of plants:
Alternanthera Bettzickiana Red, Anacharis, Bacopa Carolinana, Cardamine Lyrata, Cryptacorn Wenditii, Dwarf Ssagittaria sublata, Creeping jenny, Lobelia Cardinalis, Needle leaf Ludwigia, Ludwigia Ovalis, Vallisneria Asiatica, java fern.
Example of the gravel: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigoro-0...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
Harvest Organic Raised Potting Mix; total nitrogen 0.10%, Available Phosphate 0.05%, Soluable Potash 0.05%, Slow released Nitrogen from Poultry litter 0.07%
Ingredients: Aged forest products, Sphagnum peat moss, Ground Dolomite fieldstone