Maeve Posted January 13 Share Posted January 13 (edited) Hello! I am 8 days in to my first aquarium, as well as my first planted tank. So far everything seems to be going well. NH4 is slowly going down, NO2 has spiked but not started down yet. And I do have (a lot) of NO3. Obviously that's skewed from my fertilizer. 2 questions: I have dwarf baby tears that is either melting hard or (probably) not going to make it. I am not injecting CO2. I didn't realize until after purchase it was really kind of necessary. But if that's my only goof up in my planning so far I'm pretty happy. It also appears to be covered in brown algae or hair algae. But I don't have algae anywhere else (yet.) Right now I'm fertilizing 1-2 times per week. I fertilized on Friday when I planted. (They went into the water Thursday on arrival) And I fertilized 4 days later on the 9th with a 40% water change. My nitrates are pretty (really) high so I was going to change water tonight and fertilize after. This afternoons numbers are: pH 7.4 NH4 0.5 NO2 5.0 NO3 160 (no fish yet) I have one java moss that I think might just be melting? But isn't looking super great while the other is looking pretty good. Additionally my filter is blinking for a change and it's only been 8days since filling. I assume it's wanting change due to all the first, tannins etc from filling and planting. Will I lose too much of my BB changing it this soon? What if anything can I do to help/save the dwarf baby tears or help with the algae. Thanks for any advice. Edited January 13 by Maeve Correcting picture orientation 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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