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Alex Burgess

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  1. So this is my first ever aquarium, and I am just getting into the hobby after spending a lot of time reading and watching videos on how to set up a tank. The tank is now 7 days old, and I am cycling the water without fish, by adding ammonia when needed to keep it around 4 ppm. Yesterday I did my first nitrite test and had a reading of 0.25 ppm, I tested again this morning and had a reading of 0.5 ppm. In my excitement I did a test for nitrate as well and had a reading of 10 ppm. So I’m hoping that I’m doing this right so far, but I would like some guidance on when to do my first water change, and what I need to do next. My setup is a 55 gallon tank, my hard scape is with natural wood and rocks, Fluval plant substrate and gravel base. I have used a variety of “easy” plants which have been growing steadily since planting 7 days ago. Temperature is 77 degrees and the tank is getting 8 hours of light a day from a Fluval LED light, set at 50% white, 40% pink, 3% blue. Any and all help and guidance is welcome 👍🏻
  2. I’m a beginner in the aquarium plant keeping hobby, and am aware I need to add fertiliser, however with all the different types out there and being in the UK I’m struggling to find some clear guidance. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great. Thanks
  3. I’d like to just say thanks for the reply’s, and since earlier I have moved both of the crypto plants into the substrate near my pump where the best water flow is. Hopefully I’m not too late and have managed to save them.
  4. Is that what type of plant it is next to the java fern! thanks for the info, I’ll see what I need to do to plant it and save it
  5. Hi, I have been given these 2 plants for my tank, but have no idea what they are, or how to care for them. All I have been told is they should be attached to some wood out of the substrate. I have put them both with my Java Fern on my focal piece of wood in the tank. Any help would be greatly appreciated as they have been in the tank just 1 day and I don’t really want to kill them 😂 Thanks in advance Alex
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