I currently have a 9.6g custom acrylic nano that was originally going to be a reef tank. I move to college life got busy so I decided to make it a FW instead. I set it up with a mix of aragonite, regular sand and pea gravel. I added some Val (dwarf and regular) and some java moss. The fish were originally one Neo. Occelatus and one Julidiochormis transcriptus 'gombi'. Everything was going cherry for a few months, but I had a constant cyano problem which I attribute to the aragonite, poor tap water and improper lighting (I was running a half 10k half actinic 32w PC for a while). Unfortunately I lost my Ocellatus and would like to now turn the tank into a full blown planted which I haven't done in a while.
My current tank specs are:
Lighting: 1x10k 32watt PC ( I have two other 32 watt PCs built into the hood but aren't hooked up)
Substrate: Pea gravel, aragonite and play sand
Filtration: Via sump, floss (changed monthly), Carbon (changed by weekly) powered by a maxijet 1200
Sump: 3 gallons 3chambers
Controller: Reek Keeper II
Fish: Julidochormis transcriptus 'Gombi'
Plants: Java moss (growing like a weed), Vals (growing well), new plants; Java fern 'Windelv (sp?)', Rotala indica, Rotala sps, Ludwigia repens, Echinodorus tenellus
Invertebrate: 1x Amano shrimp
First things first, is I am going to be switching over to R/O water that is 2 ppt (trillion) to start controlling the cyano. I will need to buffer this back up to at least 7 to keep the Julidochormis happy. Can anyone recommend a good buffer?
My ultimate goal is to have nice dense plant growth and hopefully a beautiful aquascape with a school of ember tetras or maculata rasbora. Now what do I need to do to get the ball rolling on this. I know my substrate sorely needs to be amended or replaced, any recommendations? I also can bump my lighting up to either 64 or 96watts PC, but don't want to mess with Co2 injection. ould that be overkill? Any other recommendations are welcome.