We've gone over quite a bit of methodology and philosophy being the techniques lately, so it's time to get this show back on the rodeo with some-good-ole-fashioned technical details.
The Aquarium on April 4th (first water change of the week, week 3 = 2 water changes, 3 days apart)
Now, for the infamous bucket shot:
I post these bucket shots to illustrate examples, and to show first hand why
water changes are done so frequently up front.
In case you don't want to search the thread for some of the older bucket shots, here's a picture from week 1 (daily water changes) :
So, compare the two side-by-side: first bucket shot is on the third week, for the first water change that week (first of two, 3 days apart).
The second bucket shot is the water change after day 3 on the first week with daily
The aquarium is most vulnerable to algae in the first month, the first week especially. This is why we focus so much on getting started right the first time. Most people fail with their planted tank within the first month because of this curve.
And the finished shot:
To Bring out a teaser of the 60-P in the ADG Gallery I'm working on:
Diatom Algae has appeared in the first week.
Don't Panic! This is an easy algae, and is no problem what so ever. Amano's devour this stuff. But we're not ready to add them yet, so airline tubing removal will hold us over in the mean time.
Mini-M, April 5th:
Apparently, I'm terrible at taking straight and non-blurry photos at 1:30 am.
Dosing: Green Brighty Step 1: 1 Squirt, Brighty K 1 squirt.
an insight that I've overlooked for a while: Nano tanks truly aren't for beginners. They are much more difficult to balance than larger water volumes. Take for example the 60-P vs. the Mini M. The 17 gallon aquarium is much easier to balance and has much less problems to deal with than the 5.5 gallon aquarium. Just a little food for thought.