ok but Tom... I've done all this...
Patience as well?
I am able to turn two of the 65 W bulbs off and on, i.e. (130W power buttons CF 6700k) I really don't get it... I saw exactly the same setup in portland... a 72 bow... glas tops, same light fixture... the only difference was the ADA soil...
Well, once things are fine, no issues with algae or plants, then it likely should be pretty close, but you really are not sure/certain of the CO2.
No matter how much folks want to say they have gotten that down....hell, I'm not even sure UNLESS the plants are growing well.
I doubt you can be more sure that I am?
it has magnum 350 or maybe a eheim 2235 on it.... with a spray bar and just a bubble ladder...
CO2 bubble ladder?
the plants looked like they were growing great... they would only dose the regular Flourish once or twice a week... water changes every week or two... maybe.
plants grow great in there....
maybe I'm dosing too many nutrients if anything...
No, as any newbie can tell you, those are easy to rule out.
Bark up another tree. What is too many nutrients?
What does that look like?
I've heard this claim 1001 times, and every single time , without fail, I've been unable to repeat the claimed effect. That's a lot of repeating and long term experience.
For it to actually be true, we'd have to have seen it a lot more often and the test should be repeatable for EVERYONE, or almost if....that is really the cause.
I'd not be so sure of yourself.
Frustrated, perhaps, but not sure.
here's what I have done...
I have had 3 powerheads in there at a time but took two out when I added the eheim 2234 with the XP4 I have increased surface agitation a little bit so it flutters at the top... no splashing ever...
This is good then.
I have added airline to power head at top that sprays O2 into the water...
Bad, stop doing this.
I ALWAYS do 40-50% water change every sunday...
I have been always dosing heavy macro on sunday w/ water change
I have tried dosing heavy macro and heavy micro with daily flourish iron
I have tried dosing regular EI with flourish for trace by recommendation with daily iron aturdays ALWAYS a rest day I have tried 3 different light fixture harnessing methods (legs, no glass on top, glass top (currently))
Try using less light, say 1/2.
Give it some time to settle.
Try 8 hours, not 10 or more etc.
Try adding screen to block some of the light.
I am never able to gravel vaccuum because of baby tears... I would easily suck them up but am gonna try using a smaller vacc soon to clean baby tears mulm build up...
The only thing I haven't done is put my airstone back on at night... I guess this could help with photo synthesis....
Not much, but will help fish perhaps.
You still need to try less light.
This tank has 1/2 the light you have, close to the same size etc, apparently does quite well.
Try running the front 130W for 4-5, hours, then the rear for 4-5 hours.
This will make both CO2/nutrients much easier and less demand.
So in both cases, it will make it less stressful for both.
Good filter cleaning, good CO2 adjustments, methods etc, reasonable light etc.......they all work together.
It's not one thing, rarely is.