Hey all. This is my first post and id like to say this board has helped me quite a bit. You all do a great job. I've been researching from this site for a while now and havent even had to post with going through all the info in the archives.
Keep up the good work. I'm sure youll be seeing more of me in the future.
Now, down to business.
Since i've been laid off for a couple weeks
I've got some time on my hands to get the tank balanced. PO3-4 and NO3 are both off the charts and ive got some wonderful algae growth ive been tryin to battle. The tank has been up about 3 months now and ive had an explosion of fuzz algae I have been dealing with for about three weeks. More recently, an outbreak of what appears to be beard algae covering my glass in about a day. I'm not exactly sure if its beard algae, but it looks like the picture of beard algae at plantgeek.com, although not quite as long. It's growing in short, lime-green tuffs, and looks like the fuzz on a tennisball. It's very easy to get off the glass, and hasnt really came back since I scrubbed it off, although it did spread rapidly when it set in. Please let me know what you think it may be.
I'll shed some light as to my setup now:
55g light density planted (so far)
2.9 wpg but scaling down to 1.4 for 12hrs with 2.9 for the middle 4 to 6 hrs of the photoperiod due to algae growth.
Filstar XP3 cannister filter
Nowhere near enough DIY co2. planning on adding 1 or 2 more 2ltr bottles later this week. i know at 55g persurized would be the way to go, but i simply cannot afford it at the moment. Maybe if i ever get the hang of this
60% flourite substrate mixed with a plain black gravel of similar size.
Fish stocking has gotten a little thick as of Saturday when i brought home four nickel to quarter sized Angelfish. Now in the tank i have the original fish i started with: 5 giant danios and 5-7 otos, plus the new angels. the danios will be traded in shortly as theyre nearly full grown now, very greedy, boring and kind of annoying.
Now for the specs as of a few hours ago before a 45% water change:
KH- 5 dkh - 89.5ppm
GH- 5 dgh - 89.5 ppm
NO3- 20-40 ppm (waay high)
PO3-4- 10+ppm (also very high)
KH- 5 dkh
GH- 9 dgh
PO3-4- 0 ppm
As you can see, I could use some ideas as to getting NO3 and PO3-4 down to safer levels. Ive added a Phos-Zorb bag to the XP3 about a week ago, but this has done virtually nothing. Mantainence schedual constists of 25 to 45% water change a week. The co2 concentration was greater a couple weeks ago, but the bubble rate has slowed down a bit. Two weeks ago the KH was 6 dkh and PH was 6.2. Can such a high PO3-4 reading throw those PH, KH to co2 reading off? Am I on the right track to getting these readings under control? Any ideas to get this under control or questions and comments to the whole setup in general are always welcome. If you would like to know about the plants in the set up, just ask. This post is already long enough
sorry about that. I'm just gettin started in the planted tanks and i can tell its going to be a lot of fun! Thanks for all your help in advance. You guys do a great job here! Keep it up!