collectoritis at its finest. lol
i will probably tone down the amount of plants i have as the tank progresses, and i see how well each of the plants does and how it looks in this particular scape.
the h. tiger on both sides is definitely going out. its just there to add plant matter while the other plants fill in.
the plants are growing alright, but im noticings diatoms starting to spread.
its not too bad yet, but i dont like em. i know its probably just due to the new tank, but my erios, tonina, and d. diandra wont do well if any significant diatoms grow on them and shade them.
have good CO2 (i think)- 3-4 bps all photoperiod long via a GLA inline atomizer. high flow too. dosing EI and doing 50% daily WCs.
still not testing any nitrites, so it will be a while before i can add amanos and otos to clean this mess up.
finally got nitrites. hopefully they will drop within a week or 2.
i need to add some otos and amanos. the diatoms are starting to get out of hand. it happens every time i use a new tank, and it always goes away as the tank matures; but they are starting to spread extensively onto the foliage of the plants, and im worried for some of the slower growing plants (namely the erios and tonina) that they may be shaded out before the diatoms clear up. any suggestions?
nitrites are on the decline . but the diatoms have been getting worse. since classes were canceled for 2 days i went in and manually removed as much as i could (even cleared it off the lower leaves of the r. colorata leaf by leaf). im hoping the diatoms will run their course soon, but in the meantime im planning on adding tank-bred otos and some amanos as soon as my nitrites hit 0.
here are pics of the before and after cleaning