So, I went to AFA really randomly today. I really wanted to buy the poppy inflow and almost did but just didn't have the cash on hand. It may be a blessing as I was thinking how nice it is to be able to clean my outflow on the tank. Being that my inflow (and outflow I am not using) cost met $20 for both, and are acrylic, I may modify my inflow to be two piece so I can clean that easily without removal. Although my inflow doesn't look quite as nice as glass, I can cut it. We will see where that goes.
One thing that was cool is they had a some free literature. If you are around AFA, pick one up, they have some pull out posters and stuff that are pretty cool. Nothing in depth but I thought it was worth $0.
Some 60P inspiration
As for my tank...I feel like I am going through the same battle I always do. GDA on the glass, a darker slime algae on the plants. Both are easy to remove but thrive and come back strong. I lowered my light to 2 bulbs and it does not seem to help, but my reds have suffered. Throwing some new red plants in show me how bad it is (bought R. Singapore and more R. macrandra. The R. R. macrandra isn't even that red and makes what I have look terrible.
Not sure where to go here. If I keep the lights low, no color, still get algae. If I up the lights, I get about the same amount of algae but much better color. I switched from a 4 bulb noon burst about 3 weeks ago to 2 bulbs, nothing got better algae wise but color has suffered. Not sure where to go. I will do a clean up to start. I do have a lot of dead organic matter as my HM suffered from Excel treatments and I bought some tissue culture plants from Petsmart that just perished.
I am thinking shorter photoperiod, more light, and then figuring out ferts. I went back to plantex csm+b instead of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive for a test. I cannot add anymore CO2, honestly, I should probably lower it a touch as fish sometimes are stressed.
Here is a new picture, I know this journal is painfully slow. The new red plants are not intensely red so it shows you how bad my other red plants are doing...hopefully I can turn this around.
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