I can't say nothing is going right in this tank, but a lot is going wrong.
are exhibiting mating behaviors.
Grass shrimp are berried all the time.
Parameters are stable.
It's ugly as sin.
Algae Algae Algae.
30gal: 36" x 12" x 16"
MGOPS capped with pea gravel
tap water weekly - 10 days WC w/ prime.
Magnum 350 canister
Airstone 24/7 (pH jumped to 8.2 without it)
Natural daylight from East facing window, direct from sunrise until close to noonish, indirect to the point I almost wouldn't count it after that.
2 6500 mini CFL that come on about 10am and shut off 1 hour past sunset.
Some water primrose
One more I think but idr
2 Rosy Reds (probably going into the farm pond as soon as I get over the guilt)
1 baby Largemouth bass (temp until he's added to the farm pond)
At least 20 ghost shrimp.
Total hardness: 120ppm
Issues I need help with:
Algae & Hardscape
First, the Algae:
I have BBA:
I have Staghorn:
I have hair/thread algae (?):
I have Green spots/dust:
and as of this morning I have BGA:
Plus diatoms (which I expected) but the otos are trying to keep up, need more but they are hard to find around here lately. My LFS says they have some in stock so I was headed there this afternoon.
I have been trying to research before I post my questions but I'm so overwhelmed with info right now my head is spinning. I have pearling but only during direct sunlight, it tends to stop right after 10 or 11am. I think I might have too little light? I know I need more nitrates but I'm sort of at a loss as how I should accomplish this. I'm trying to stay low tech so I would like to avoid CO2 (it scares me!) but would try maybe, if someone would help me past me terror. The fish are #1 priority so my first fear is gassing them, second is blowing up the house, and third is blowing up my bank account. Plus my hardscape sucks so it's difficult for me to drop money on an ugly tank.
Here is a glommed together FTS from right before this post. Sorry if it's too big, my PS skills are rusty.
Any help/suggestions/criticism/direction/offers to nuke the tank helpful and extremely appreciated.