Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: under a dead ohio sky
My Nothing Tank
This started out as a back up/QT/hospital tank for what was once believed to be a sick angel. I don't think it's sick tho, I'm not sure that it ever was. Please don't scold me for keeping an angel in a 10 gall. It's only about a year old and this is a temporary home.
I call this my nothing tank because I do nothing to it. No fertilizer, no co2, no water changes. I top it off when it needs it, but otherwise, nothing. It has a desk lamp over it, i believe it's a 24 watt cfl 5600k that's on about 5 hours a day. It was about 4-5 inches over the surface of the water, i've raised it up as high as i can which is probably closer to 8-10 inches above the surface now. It gets some (very little) indirect sunlight. There are five fish, one angel and four neon tetras.
I've filled it with trimmings (limnophilia, hydrocoytle, and ludwiga - not sure exactly which species) from my 29 gall that does have co2 and ferts. I tied the hydrocoytle to pieces of thread superglued around river rocks for DIY plant weights to make the carpet effect.
The plants seem ok in the 10 gallon, but when i added some plants and moved some around yesterday, I noticed they don't have much of a root system. I believe they have grown some, tho. I also noticed BGA beginning to form on some of the limnophilia and DW.
The BGA i had in the 29 gallon awhile ago before I added the 2nd filter, before I used ferts, before i had co2, was so bad I had to tear down and start over. But I want to keep this tank low tech.
I've read low nitrates, poor water circulation, and imbalance of light and nutrients will encourage BGA. Do you think that little desk lamp is too much light for no ferts and no co2? This seems kind of impossible but I raised it anyway. I have some liquid ferts, flourish comp and leaf zone. Would just once a week be sufficient? Should I worry about macros? I also have some HOB filters lying around I will add for extra circulation.
Any other thoughts?
I have gone to a place far below up above and in between the middle.