Scotch is a great idea, Ö how are we going to fix the aquarium?
First is the CO2. I would remove the CO2 Controller and set up fixed bubble rate. These are usual CO2 bubble rates on ADA aquariums.
3.5 gallon or 13 L, 0.5 bps
5 gallon or 20 L, 0.5 bps
8 gallon or 30 L, 1 bps
15 gallon or 65 L, 1 - 4 bps
40 gallon or 150 L, 3 - 4 bps
45 gallon or 180 L, 3 bps
60 gallon or 245 L, 6 - 8 bps
160 gallon or 650 L, 3 - 6 bps
230 gallon or 900 L, 5 bps
375 gallon or 1500 L, 5 - 10 bps
400 gallon or 1600 L, 6 - 8 bps
There is a sump in the setup which does affect the overall CO2 levels. You may need to dose more CO2 to compensate for the loss. Maybe drop checker would help. What is good about low KH is that CO2 overdosing is unlikely.
Next is CO2 timer. Some people use timers synchronized with lights and some donít. It is up to you. I like to keep things simple. Set it and forget it.
Next are algae. Plants react negatively to water parameter changes. It doesnít matter if from bad to good or vice versa. Algae will take advantage at first. Then, new growth will be healthy and algae resistant.
Next is KH. Corals, some substrates and rocks react to acidity. Lower the pH more KH is released. Also, the amount of KH will show up as increase in TDS so maintaining levels is covered.
Next are water parameters. How to get rid of the pH buffers? Water changes with RO Essential Minerals.
Next, Ö Scotch
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