Yambino Posted January 7 Share Posted January 7 Hello all, I just created this account as I am seeking advice from this community. First and foremost, I would like to extend my gratitude to Aquarium Co-op as there videos are fun and interesting to watch, so thank you for that. The reason I come to this forum though is I believe that I have a rather niche scenario and I am uncertain as to what video is most applicable to my niche case and I feel that it could not hurt to seek more knowledge. Several months ago, I lost more goldfish in my cold water aquarium, as this was not the first time and this batch of fish was relatively new (less than 2 months old) I felt compelled to stop buying new fish until I do research into what I was doing wrong and this led me down a rabbit hole of research into PH, Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia, plants, lighting, feeding and substrates. After several weeks of watching Aquarium Co-Ops videos I felt that I had just enough knowledge to lay down the foundations for what I needed for a brand new Aquarium set up and that I was going to "Go big or go home!". This marked my first dive into real plants, it also marked my first dive into a heated aquarium as I honestly love the looks of the Betta fish and other tropical fish, which seem far more lively and interesting than cold water goldfish (this could be me though) and my goal is to turn the aquarium into something to be admired to those who gaze on it. Over December I bought a bunch of new things and have been doing so by basically following this guide: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/cookie-cutter-for-10-gallon-aquarium - A heater: Fluval E Series 50 wHeater - Rocks - Plants (limnobium-laevigatum (aka Amazon frogbit), Java ferns, Bacopa monnieri compact and Amazon Sword Plant) - A brand new filter ( which I will be perfectly honest with you, I am not entirely happy with as the suction cups never stick to the aquarium and unsure if this would cause too much stress for Betta fish): Fluval U1 Underwater Filter 25 - Soil: JBL Manado 3l - Gravel: Dorset Pea Gravel 5mm 5 kg So this leads me to my questions: - I live in Europe and certain products mentioned in the Aquarium Co-Op videos are not available, such as Easy green for non-US countries. Can anyone suggest a similar product that covers all the needs for plants? - I have noticed that on the Amazon sword plant there seems to be this weird black stuff running the entire length of the spine of one leaf, it looks like it is fuzzy like some black algae, is this okay? - I have noticed that after a month, while nothing seems to have died yet, I have noticed some varying degrees of molting, especially molting of Bacopa monnieri compact's stems, some stems are just transparent and this too me suggests some iron deficiency (as per: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/blogs/aquarium/plant-nutrient-deficiencies) ? - How long would it take (realistically) to confirm if things are actually going well for plant growth? - I have noticed that my Amazon frogbit has started to develop holes, could this be a lighting issue or nutrient deficiency? - The plants that I bought are considered to be low light and it was done on the following premises: 1: They were easy plants for a beginner and 2: Because it's low light, I shouldn't need to have the light on for 10 hours? - How can I confirm prior to adding fish, if the plants are creating enough oxygen for the fish? - As I work to introduce fish suggested in the "cookie cutter for 10 gallon aquarium" blog post. Is it better to buy a Betta fish first or last? is there a specific order in which the fish should be bought and introduced to the new aquarium to avoid stress, death etc.? - PH, so for the past month, with the aquarium holding some plants I have noticed that after the introduction of rocks the PH level increased from 7.2 to 7.6. I have done a few readings with the API Master test kit on PH and noticed that since the rocks were introduced it seems to have settled at 7.6 which seems too high for tetras? I know there is a lot of questions here, so I do appreciate the time anyone takes to assist me on the above Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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