Alrighty, I do have a little of the 3 basic types of algae. (Hair, Brown, and Green). My tank is 29 Gallons, that has been set up for a little over 1 month. It is heavily planted with Cabomba carolina, Egeria densa, Green Hedge, Radican Sword, Red Flame, Amazon Sword, Corkscrew Val, and Dwarf Sagitaria.
As for Fish I have 3 Lemon Tetras, 3 Swordtails, 1 Dwarf Gourami, 3 Ottos, 2 Cherrie Red shrimp, and 8 ghost shrimp. Am looking to get 1 more Gourami, a Clown Loach, and some Rams as well.
The chemical peramiters are, P.H. 6.8-7.0, Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 12.5, Havent checked KH and GH in a little while but at last check both were around 2 degrees. The Iron Concentration seems to remain at 0, as well as Chelated Iron.
The Equipment on the tank are as follows, 2 actenic 10K Coralife bulbs with 65 watts a-piece. One bulb remains on for 8 hours (about to up it to 8 1/2), and the other comes on for 2 hours a day. I have Carbo-plus with PH meter, and a Penguin 125 that gets clogged entirely too often!!!! :-)
I am just begninning to start a regular Fert. Cycle with Potassium, Trace elements, Comprehensive, and Iron. The substrate is also Flourite. I will also be adding Iodine for the shrimp once a month.
One quick question, is this a decent setup? This is my first tank by my self (My girlfriend who has had many tanks set one up with me), and I want to make sure I do everything right. Is there anything I need to get.