Okay, been a while since I updated this and I wish I could say things were going swimmingly (hehe).
My current lighting is 2 23W 6500K CFL's 19 in above substrate; 8 hrs with 4 hour siesta.
5 ppm nitrate
The tank has mostly fishless until a few days ago. I now have a couple SAE's, 5 cherry barbs and 6 black neons so I expect the nitrate to be going up over fairly soon.
I dose 1 mL excel strength glut daily and for the past week I've been dosing trace elements according PPSpro dosages. My Hydrocoytle has been showing signs of Fe deficiency.
Most importantly is I'm battling major BBA again. Today I cut off nearly all my anubias leaves and quite a few crypt leaves and Pygmy chain sword leaves.
I have to get this under control... my 5 gallon and 1 gal are doing awesome but this 10 gallon has been a real challenge.
The nearest thing I can figure is my CO2 to lighting is off balance, which then exacerbated my lower nitrate issue.
According to Hoppy's latest article at Aqua Botonic
my lighting is higher than the recommended PAR range of 20-30 with a PAR of ~38
So, I have a couple choices... I can replace the bulbs with 20W bulbs which would put me just above the high end of the range or I can use 15W bulbs which would put me closer to mid-range ~24 PAR.
I can't raise my lights more than a couple inches without replacing the conduit raisers but I can lower it (which better supports the lower wattage).
Additionally I'm on day two of double dosing excel.
So, what do you all think?