New set up
Hi, I'm new to this list so if I ask something stupid I apologise in advance.
I have been struggling with keeping plants in my 4 ft aquarium since I
moved house nearly 5 years ago. The aquarium lives away from any natural
light. After stripping the tank down again last weekend and buying
another 10 plants I read the FAQs. I only had 1 old fluro tube and decided
that must be my problem. This weekend after seeing all my new plants
looking fairly sick, I bought a new double light, and two new fluro gro
tubes 36 w each. After searching the FAQs again I also bought more
gravel, some new tubing and fittings and set up a CO2 bottle which is now
trickling CO2 into one corner thru' an airstone. I switched off the air
pump during the day to stop the CO2 dissapating straight into the air.
However, at night I switch it back on.
I have a few questions though:
How long should it be before I see a change in the existing plants?
I have an underground filter. Is it enough to switch it off during the
day, or should I disconnect it altogether and try something different? Any
I know nothing about adding iron. Would an aquarium carry it or would I
have to purchase it from a general nursery? What sort in Australia and how
Is there any need to measure the amount of air being emitted by the
Is there any problem with my four gouramis and angel standing in the corner
and sucking on the C02 bubbles (they remind me of a group at a party
sucking on a joint :-))
I have never bought any kits to measure Ph or nitrates, but I am sick of
these dying plants, I want to get serious now. Do you think I should buy a
couple of kits?
Thanks a lot for listening and for any answers.