So it's been roughly a month and a half since I started my journal and I have lots of stuff to talk about.
Firstly I am very impressed with the overall results of my aquarium thus far. I'm getting excellent plant growth and color, minimal algae growth (easily maintained via manual removal), and the majority of my fish are healthy and thriving.
Tank set-up changes:
- Most importantly I've added the GLA Atomic paintball CO2 system, operating at ~ 2 bps (still adding a cap full of Excel daily as well)
- moved my power-head for maximum CO2 distribution
- removed the nozzles and added the spray bars to the filter outlets, pointed slightly upwards for some surface agitation.
- changed placement of heater
- removed the rocks on the left side to allow more room for the plants
- changed placement of driftwood
- Lost my 3 German rams. Started with white growth on fins that then moved to their heads... wouldn't eat. Quarantined them and treated with Melafix/Pimafix to no avail.
- Donated the common pleco to fish store
- Added 6 phantom tetras
- Added 2 small angelfish
- Algea was growing out of control on the java fern placed high up on the driftwood so I cut off all infected leaves and combined it with the other java fern that is shaded beneath the val
- removed sword plant that was just to the left of the right side rock formation
- Val - growing like a weed... now have at least a dozen plants with leaves upwards of 4 feet long ( I twist them around at the surface and trim off some of it... doesn't seem to kill the leaves)
- Ludwigia - so impressed with this plant... brilliant reds and awesome growth. Have removed bottoms of stems and replanted tops. Grows almost sideways in my tank and very bushy.
- Common sword - an absolute beast.. this thing is huge! Has a runner with 4 baby swords growing on it
- Red sword - another awesome plant.. getting quite large and within the last couple days has sent a stalk to the surface (sticking out about 5 inches above the water now), which I'm assuming is going to flower.
- Wisteria - have had to cut it right back 3 times now.. it's currently behind the right side rock formation. Puts out very vibrant light green leaves, but the older growth quickly browns and curls.
- Crypts - producing brown leaves... very slow growing and is the worst plant for algae growth. Cutting off infected leaves as fast as new ones come in.
And a special thanks to Orlando at GLA. Awesome customer service and I highly recommend their products.