Ok, I managed to get CO2-pearls with the DIY system
Pearling on freaking brown algae :0 nothing on the plants.. being a total noob at this - can someone tell me what happend? The CO2 was running and the diffuser was placed right in front of the pumps outlet. The pump is really weak for my tank and creates little circulation and very little surface agitation
From what I've understood about pearling is that it means oxygen saturation.. how is it possible for the algae to pearl when there should be very little oxygen in the water?
I've been fooling around with low tech for 6 years now and the worst algae I've had was some tiny green spots on the glass. I'm pretty lazy and i did WC's every 2 months or so, rarely vacuumed etc.. Now in two weaks Ive managed to grow loads of brown algae
I'm guessing it is due to low circulation/aeration in the tank, + I didnt do any ferts.. anyhow, my tank was slimy.
I took the wood out and cleaned it, did a massive WC, flipped over all the stones and shuffled the gravel around to try to choke as much of the algae as possible.
I have started dosing PMDD now and will be adding more plants to fight the algae. Im also growing an army of snails and shrimp to help out. Need lots though since Axel-Roslie will eat most of them
As I had ripped the scape apart I kind of put it back in at random, creating a true natrue-scape - little thought, basic look. Heres a sneak peak with my evening-LED on:
Here is how the axolotl looked when she was younger, living in a 5g tank before I could get my real deal working