I ended up getting a 10lb pressurized CO2 system in late August and saw some excellent growth as a result of the stable CO2 + ferts.
Then I got married, went away for 10 days --- had a pet sitter feed the fish while I was away but unfortunately the return line on the filter snagged and only a trickle of water was getting filtered.
Returned to an algae fest:
Sept - back from vacation
Cleaned everything up with a toothbrush, trimmed, did some replainting of the rotella, added for java fern and some type of floating plant I can't recall and here are things Oct 1:
I was getting a ton of brown diatoms covering the grass which made it all look dead. Little did I know a bit of slight brushing with the toothbrush took most of it off!!
I'm currently using an inline co2 reactor which is insanely efficient at distributing bubbles around the tank but gives it that 7up look i'm not fond off. Looking at other options to get rid of that look but for now its working.
Added some baby white cloud minnows. I've lost a sad number of fish/shrimp in the past 3 months - mostly jumpers. I recently added a new power bar with dual timers so I could turn co2 on before the lights and I screwed up the clock on one of them so co2 turned on 2 hours before and killed an Otto and made a rasbora jump. Sad, but I'm learning.
Before I was running 12hrs a day CO2/Lights on and I've dialed it down to 8 hours (split into 4)
At the moment I'm running,
6am CO2 on
7am Lights on
10:45am CO2 off
11am Lights off
2pm CO2 on
3pm Lights on
6:45pm CO2 off
7pm Lights off
and green/brown algea is down but I keep getting these "dust ball" like algea in the DWG which is really annoying.. going to post up about that seperately. I've also changed up my fert solution formula.
KNO3 13.887 g
KH2PO4 2.115 g
K2SO4 18.98 g
CSM+B 8.695 g
To reach your target of 7.5 ppm NO3 you will need to add 13.887 g KNO3 to your 750.0 mL dosing container. Add 20.0 mL of that mix to your 8.0 US gal aquarium to yield
To reach your target of 1.3 ppm PO4 you will need to add 2.115 g KH2PO4 to your 750.0 mL dosing container. Add 20.0 mL of that mix to your 8.0 US gal aquarium to yield
o reach your target of 7.5 ppm K you will need to add 18.98 g K2SO4 to your 750.0 mL dosing container. Add 20.0 mL of that mix to your 8.0 US gal aquarium to yield
To reach your target of 0.5 ppm Fe you will need to add 8.695 g Plantex CSM+B to your 750.0 mL dosing container. Add 20.0 mL of that mix to your 8.0 US gal aquarium to yield
Finally a pic from today:
It's been 3 months and it's almost a full carpet now so I'm pretty happy. Lots of learning experience I plan to put into my new project, a 120p.