Steps into the unknown... Seb's first tank!

Discussion in 'Journals' started by seb.seb, 7 Mar 2010.

  1. seb.seb

    seb.seb Newly Registered

    1 Feb 2010
    Hi all,

    I have been lurking around these forums reading for awhile but this my first post! Loads of great information here which I have been trying to absorb into my brains over the past few weeks.

    I am pretty new to fishkeeping, set this tank up in November and have enjoyed blundering my way through since then. It is a 10 gallon Betta Lifespace(?) which I found second hand via the classifeds.

    Currently -
    Eheim Aquaball 60 Filter with diy co2 attached to the output
    2x 8W T5 bulbs (no other information about these, the manufacturers literature is terrible, one is white one is blue!)
    I dose with the recommended dose of Excel three times a week
    Has a sand substrate with root tabs
    30-40% water change every week

    I have only gone for plants that recommended for low light (only 1.6 wpg atm) and everything seems to be fine.

    My questions are....

    Do I need co2 at all with the low levels of light? Again would dosing with ferts be worth it?



  2. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

    26 Oct 2008
    Looking good - like the contrast of the red stone against the sandy bottom, polysperma looks very good. As for your questions - injecting Co2 is always advantagous - keeps algae at bay and will help the plants as there is always a shortage of Co2 within the water column. Fertz is a must used to sustain good plant growth.

    So if this tank was mine - keep the lights the same(as its working fine), add fertz and inject Co2 (not a yeast mix).

    Keep up the good work.

  3. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

    21 Feb 2008
    Good start :) you just dosing Excel nothing else? Excel is just a source of carbon and does not contain nutrients you will also need to do nutrients in the form of Tropica Plant Nutrition +
  4. seb.seb

    seb.seb Newly Registered

    1 Feb 2010
    Thanks guys,

    Thanks for the kind comments. I will look into adding fertz and post the results!!

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