Ok, I think the tank is in a condition where I can try to start showing pictures.
I have been battling GDA, tannins from the wood and small amounts of BGA since setting up the tank. I think I am starting to get a hand up on the algae, we will see. the BGA is a pain in the rear let me tell you. lol
I have also been having to fiddle with the fertilizers I am now at a HUGE amount of KNo3, a large amount of kh2p04 and a decent amount of trace. along with some extra iron to supplement.
I started loosing lower leaves on the stems, having yellowing spots on my anubias, and poor growth. I upped all my fertilizers to see if one of them was the culprit, we will find out in a couple weeks. Even my hygro sunset was having problems with melting leaves and that plant can grow in the darkness of space. My crypts are slowing the melt because of the new water conditions. The hersitua carpet is slowly starting to spread, but also battling the BGA every week as well. the showpiece of the tank (franz stoffels) is looking great, although the new growth is not near as red as it was when I first planted the tank (I blame the lack of kno3 for the red) hopefully once things settle a bit more I can start to regain some of that color. Fish are doing pretty well. I have my male herbertaxelrodi in the Q-tank due to a nasty nose infection he got. he is doing much better after a anti-fungal and antibiotic treatment. I am just waiting for him to heal up better before adding him back to the tank. I lost one of my female m.pygmea. the only explanation is that she somehow squeezed her way into one of my power heads. All I found was a headless body
I may grab another one or get an egg mop this summer and get some more of those little beauties in the tank. Once I get the fertilizers figured out again, and the plants growing right will start increasing the density of my plant groupings and start working at getting some mound shapes out of em.
Well enough chit chat, here are a few pictures.
new addition linderina var.
full tank shot left
full tank shot
and an extra, my succulent pot garden for work planted today.
one catus, a hens and chicks and several species of sedum.