So here is my tank, and my parameters are as follows:
I have a 150 gal that has been running for approximately 3 months that I do a 50% water change with gravel vac once a week, religiously.
20 +/- harlequin rasboras, 4 otocinclus cats, 2 clown plecos, 4 black stripe minnows.
3 cool white Bridgelux Vero 18's and 3 warm white Bridgelux Vero 18's that I run 7 hours with a 30 min sunrise / 30 min sunset on a Typhon controller at 100%.
Not sure about PAR readings but its plenty strong (every plant pearls).
This light has only been operating for 3 days.
Medium grit black diamond blasting sand. Inert.
pH: 7.8 (before pressurized co2)
For ferts, I have API root tabs and GLA PPS-PRO / Plantex-CSM+B and have been dosing by following a pps pro calculator. I think I need to alter the solutions some what, but not sure what other test kits I should invest in or at what levels I need.
Noticed what I believed to be micro toxicity from holes in some plant's leaves as well as curly leaves. I do not think I should have been dosing micros with the tabs, and have stopped dosing micros which seems to be correcting that problem.
I have some (Hair, staghorn, and cladophora) algae, but not too much. Been spot treating with h202 right before water changes. Nothing in my tank has been consistent, and I blame that (still dialing in co2 with new lights).
Also, with my GH/KH, is my plant selection limited at all? I found some Pantanal for cheap and decided to give it a go. It's melting a lot, tips melted off along with leaves, but are trying to re grow. I would like to purchase some other "hard to grow species" once I have everything dialed in if my water parameters will allow it. I currently do not want to invest in a RO system and have too many tanks to even think about purchasing water.
Pantanal is to the right of the scarlet temple.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.