This practice tank has been officially taken down, scrubbed, and bleached. It's now being converted to an unplanted blue&pink gravel tank and given to my 7 year old brother and sister, who will undoubtedly kill many fish in it. Well, hopefully I can prevent that.
FYI - Over the 6 months or so it was set up, this tank produced over 30 vallisneria plantlets and half a gallon of java moss. I kid you not. With only flourish excel and a 15 watt spiral CF. (It also produced every freshwater species of algae known to man)
..It also produced every freshwater species of algae known to man)
RIP 5 gallon hex tank
Lol, thanks for sharing that. It is good to know that I am not the only one who was having issues with this type of tank. For anyone interested in my trials and tribulations with the tank, you can check out my log at: http://azdhan.googlepages.com/thelostworld2.
I had to also tear down the tank, bleach and disinfect it, and redo it. Don't know how things will work out. Diatom algae reared its ugly head one month after the tank was redone and running. The Otocat I put in made short work of the diatom algae. The tank also has two cherry shrimp, a zebra danio, and is pretty much packed with plants(anubias, ambulia, dwarf lily, java fern, cryptocorne). Now I am patiently waiting to see what other type of algae rears its ugly head. I am also dosing fluorish Excel and using a 15 watt 6500 K GE daylight compact fluorescent in the canopy. We will see if the split 9 hour photo-period helps deter algae.
Well, if this fails, it is on to plan C: Tear down, bleach, disinfiect and redo the tank using ADA Aquasoil with fluorish excel/and or DIY C02 with the 15 watt compact fluorescent bulb to see how that works out.