Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton Alberta
3rd attempt at high tech planted aquarium. Please Help
So it is a 30 Gallon
Substrate: is 3" of fluval stratom, and 1" or geo system fine gravel.
(both about 1 year old) never disturbed.
Lighting: 2x 39w 33in T5HO in AquaticLife Fixture
With very good mirror reflection
1x 20w 24" T8 in fixture that came with tank,
Poor aluminum foil reflection
98 watts total for 30gal.
8hours a day
Light placed 40" from the substrate.
1x Fluval C2, 450L/H,
1x Marineland Penguin 200L/H Bio wheel removed.
1x Aqua-Tech 5-15..
1x Red Sea CO2 Reactor 500, 250L/H
Fluval CO2 88 pressurized kit.
Solenoid valve to kill c02 on timer with lights out.
Drop checker with kh4 solution farthest from co2 reactor placed 1cm above substrate.
Bubble counter at 3 BPS.
Into vortex reaction chamber of
Red Sea Co2 Reactor 500.
This is the part im not to sure on.
I have Seachem line of: Trace, Excel, Iron, and Flourish.
Dosing as the bottles reccomend.
Also have flourish root tabs (not currently using)
I am not sure if this is giving me my needed N,P,K??
This is where i need help!!
Water Parameters: (tested before daily fert dose)
GH 4 or 71.6ppm
Kh 26 or 465.4ppm (is this to high?)
PH 7.6. Or possibly higher, my test max at 7.6
Ammonia 0 - 0.25 ppm just added some new critters
CO2 drop checker greean at 30ppm
Iron non chleated 0ppm
Plants: HC Cuba Submersed, Ludwigia Rubin,
Fish: 8 cardnal tetras, 2 angle fish, 2 spotted bristle nose pleco, 5 Endlers,
3 Longfin Tetra, 3 zebra Danio.
2 peices of drift road, and some large lava rocks.
Every time the plants end up melting away.
Im still new to this and cant stand failing!!
If any more info is needed please ask.
Please set me in the right direction to SUCESS!