I am currently setting up my first high light - heavily planted tank and it's not going brilliantly at the moment.
The tank is a 20gal long with a 96W CF
light fixture, Fluval 205 but no CO2
at the moment. I made a mistake when i bought the cabomba, hornwort and elodea to soak up the nutrients to prevent any algae outbreaks and not having the CO2
on and working.
I have no yeast either at the moment so i can't make a CO2
solution, there is some algae growing in the corner and on the heater but i could empty the tank and remove it all. Im guessing this is the best bet? so i'll do it when i have the CO2
Luckily i have no fish yet but the tank is cycled and i'd ideally want to remove all the algae, plan the hardscape and then add the plants - groundcover first.
There is a diatom outbreak which doesn't look particularly nice but i'm not too bothered about them as i hear they burn themselves out and algae eating fish like oto's should eat them.
I also should be dosing with ferts at this point shouldnt i?
With the 'weeds' i plan on keeping them healthy and soaking up the nutrients whilst i plant up with the plants i plan on keeping.