After swapping out my "breed friendly" intake with these cool glass pipes, I noticed a significant absents in my babies.
So I opened up the filter, rescued about 50 babies, tossed them in the tank, and slipped the wire prefilter over my glass pipes.
Done and done.
Reduced the lighting from a 26w bulb to an 18w bulb, hoping it helps to kill the algae.
Plants are otherwise very healthy, you can even see the java ferns oxygenating.
Also been spot treating with excel, can you tell the difference between the red shrimp, and the red dying algae?
I went on a 3 week trip and returned to an algae pool. Lost 80% of my shrimp community, and cleanup was a mess. So after a little over 2 years with this setup, I dumped the substrate out, cleaned the glass well, and started over again.
The scaping right now is very simple, I'm focusing on growing the hairgrass most importantly right now. Then I have room to adjust things in the back if I feel the need, since the java ferns are just "placed" in the back.
I love DHG, but don't have patience for it. I'm trimming it down to encourage root growth but it seems to always take a very long time to spread. Even in my emersed setup, the DHG doesn't spread as thick as I hoped. Still trying to figure it out.
A good future fight is to do a tank blackout for about a week. And by blackout I mean no light at all for a week straight. No c02 either during that time since you aren't running your lights. Curious about your light cycle when you were getting lots of algae? I notice when I work a lot an my tank without a timer stays on for long periods of light I tend to get more algae growth.
The algae has been under control, it only got bad when I left town a couple months ago.
My lighting is set to about 9 hours a day, and it seems to be working great. Also, I added a layer of tissue paper on top of my glass topper, to slightly reduce the intensity. It's helping a lot!
Slow and Steady with this tank. Everything is stable and the shrimp colony is doing great. (Gotten a few batches of offspring in the past few weeks)
The dwarf hairgrass and the java ferns are both slow growers but both are very beautiful plants in a well established tank. Loving this 12" cube!