Beautiful photos as always.
Have you mentioned what you were using for flow? None of your plants have debris on it!
And what is a tds meter used for in your tank?
And lastly, how do you ensure you have enough co2 with inline diffuser? I find most of the time the bubbles are so big that most of my co2 dissipates out. What's your bps? Are your fishes okay.
Thank you so much,
I'm glad you like the pictures.
Since my tank is pretty dense I need more flow than what I'd put in a same sized tank. I have an Eheim 2215 and a power-head with surface skimmer running 24x7. Also, every 3rd day I do 40% water change and while water change, I siphon all the leaves.
IME, good biological filtration is the reason behind crystal clear water. I use Bio Rio in my filter.
TDS means Total Dissolved Salts. Its the sum of Gh and Kh. It tells you how hard or soft your water is. I dont use it everyday but still it comes handy when I go to some collection trip or I want to acclimate a new fish. I also use Gh and Kh test kits to check Gh and Kh individually.
I no longer use inline diffuser for the same reason. I like to see CO2 bubbles in my tank
I usually go for 30ppm+ CO2. BPS would be around 3-4 BPS.
Now, here's the deal- Since I use a surface skimmer, it keeps adding oxygen in my water column continuously. If I switch off my skimmer and keep the CO2 at the same concentration, my fishes start gasping on the surface in no time. Surface skimmer helps a lot in gas exchange. I strongly recommend it.
Hope I could answer all the questions