Coming back to the beginning that ppl mentioned that having fresh water biotope as for plants is easy...........
I knew better and my good friend Miguel who has a lot of experience as well in this planted fresh water thingie said the same thing.
Yes with salt water you need more equipment to keep it rolling but the chemistry is nothing different.
You want to keep curtain fish or shrimp it's a whole different ball game.
If you already put that chemical in no biggie, I have given you the three months to cycle out all the bad stuff and that will be gone by that time.
Just wonder why you use that stuff to speed up the cycle Honestly I thought the chlorine in the tap water would kill the good bacteria that was in the Eco Complete........... correct for not stressing or for that matter killing your fish or other livestock members that hobbyist put in after rushing to the LFS after a week, yes that counts for salt water as well. I rush over there to have the water tested. LOL
Of course the fish can survive but ever thought about nerve damage or brain damage............ we possibility can't know and that's a good thing but just stop there for a minute what these poor fish going through in a short period of time.
So no dumping water out, keep hands out the water an let it do it's thing. Does this include not putting in plants? Is it bad if I am cleaning off the leaves? Am I messing up yet again? Also was going to look into the CO2 thing do I need to stay away from that right now too? Was going to research the DIY ones.
Test only for a PH drop as you want to go in the direction of 7ppm and lower when we talking delicate shrimp here.
But there are ways to do so and stay there, but not necessary to bring this up as you are not ready for it. I think I saw some peat pellets on the net do they look like balls?
Soaking it in a body of water that most of the tannins are out of there and after a week or so sticking it in a HOB filter will help you big time on the PH.
The leaching out from the peat moss has many different positive reactions on your habitat.
The bad part is that your water looks kind of yellowish but and blocks some of the light.
IME it won't be a bad thing.
I have one of those filters that will finely filter have the feeling that is bad to use huh?
Here you will find a lot of info and if you have more questions shoot them a email, Ron McGee is a good friend of me and we have done great things for this hobby.
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