Medium/high light. Finnex 24/7 in 20gallon long. Probably in the neighborhood of 70 par
Photoperiod. I'm still working on that. Some people in another thread just told me 6 hours was plenty with an extended ramp up and down that happens with the finnex 24/7 but I've been trying to do 10-12 currently.
Lots of plants.
co2. I just try to keep the drop checker green so that's 30ppm I think.
aquaclear 50. I plan to clean it monthly but its barely over a month old so I've only cleaned it once.
No circlulation. I shoved a sponge into the hob filter to completely stop surface agitation. My betta hates any current and I was also having a huge problem with plants getting kicked up before they could root even with very light current.
So I also have a 20g long and a finnex planted plus 24/7 CC. I also have decently high nitrate straight from the tap, 20 to 30 is what my test reads.
I run my light on max from 12noon to 5pm however I run my co2 from 6am to 6pm. I know that's different from the norm, but i get a good amount of sunlight in the room (nothing directly shining on the tank, but enough that I need co2 running all morning)
I couldn't imagine running a 10hr lighting period, personally.
I run an eheim canister for filtration, and an additional power head for co2 dispersal - my tank is not betta friendly concerning flow, but I am an underwater gardener first and a keeper of fish second at heart.
Based on my plant volume I dose 1/8 tsp kno3 on water change day only. On macro days I dose 1/32tsp phosphate and a heaping 1/32tsp potassium. 1/32tsp csm+B and flourish iron on micro days.
I get the tiniest amounts of a thread algae if I try extending my lighting on max, and so in the evenings I run the light at 10% brightness for my viewing pleasure. I *should* blanket my tank from 6am to noon so the ambient light doesn't throw off my tank, but instead I just turn on the co2 when I get up instead. Seems to keep everything in check.
I do not yet consider the tank to be heavily planted.
Added 2 pics - one of how bright the tank is with max light and the other at the light level I usually view the tank at. I'm not home except on weekends to really see the tank on Max.
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