This will be a journal of tank changes since adding C02 and ferts. My short term goal is to remove the remnant of the Hair Algae remaing from pre-C02 days. Once that's dealt with, the future is anybody's guess.
- 36x18x12 33 US Gallon tank
- 36" Hagen Glo 2 x T5HO canopy
- Fluval 205 (needs upgrading)
- 10lb + 5lb backup C02 tank http://i.imgur.com/vTb7S.jpg
- Green Leaf regulator, bubblecounter and solenoid
- Generic glass drop checker
- Homemade inline C02 reactor
- Dry Ferts (KN03, KH2P04, CSM+B)
- Miracle Gro potting soil capped with sand and Flourite
- 10 mature Tiger Barbs
- 3 Corydoras
- 2 SAE's
- 1 CAE
- 5 Apple Snails
- 2 Rams Horn Snails
- An unknown number of Malaysian Trumpet Snails and Pond Snails
I've gone ahead and pruned back a substantial amount of the Amazon Sword that was heavily covered in HA, scraped all glass surfaces, waterchanged 75% and begun pressurized C02 delivery and dry fert dosing. C02 levels are around 30ppm according to my drop checker
Pre-pruning and cleaning
Post-pruning and cleaning + addition of more plants
I'm still getting hair algae on things so I plan to give it a week or so and see how the dosing and C02 impacts the algae.
Here's an unnecessary amount of photos in the meantime.
I'm growing some bamboo in the tank currently that will eventually be planted in the back, however the plants I got were too short to have both planted roots and leaves above the waterline. Since bamboo cannot be grown completely immersed, this is a temporary situation.
I am unsure of the type of plant in the front right but the ones in the rear are Ludwigia red and Amazon Sword.
The unknown plant.
Front and centre. This is a solid root bundle of a dead tree with a hollow log draped across it. The hollow log extends down to the dirt and is a favourite hideout of my SAE's. The Java Moss is gaining a good grip on the logs and hopefully as time goes on it will cover both in a thick carpet.
A native Ram Horn Snail poking along.
The temporarily placed root bundle of one stem of Bamboo. All three plants have great new growth and are getting taller.
Tiger Barbs and a Cory
More to come down the road. Feel free to offer insight as to what you would change or what you would do in my position.