Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Pacific Northwest US
jpappy - using API kits
Portal - Alright, that makes sense. I'll cut back the ferts and see if I can inch my way back up to a reasonable medium. One of my plants was doing great and growing like crazy but the others not so much, and now ALL of them are getting a lot more algae on them. I'd turn my CO2 up but it's already pretty high, dropping my ph from ~7.4 down to ~6.0. Fish aren't stressed YET, will see how far I can push it this weekend when I can babysit. I've got a tank full of MTS I've been hesitant to introduce to my main tank as I didn't want them uprooting my HC and Glosso, but at this rate I don't think they'll be able to do more harm than the algae anyway, the lawn may have to take a back seat until I can stock this thing with some more foliage... I'm not familiar with Phosphate levels, can they be detrimental to fish or shrimp, or is it just feeding the algae? I don't hear much about phosphate levels around here...
Thanks for the input guys, I'll update with my parameters and a pic of my mess of a tank tomorrow just for kicks.