Tank of Frustration
So, like most of us has been at some point I am uber frustrated with my current aquarium setup. Absolutely nothing seems to be working right!
-light film on the surface of the water
-algae taking over my gravel
-super slow plant growth
-slightly cloudy water
-foreground plants refuse to live
-I am alwayssss working on this aquarium in some way.
-Religious water changes 25% every week, RO/DI water with "Neutral Regulator" added to keep it from going acidic really quickly.
-Weekly testing (PH, Ammonia, NO2, NO3) - API Freshwater Test Kit
-pruning of plant matter
-replanting my freaking dwarf baby tears after they pop out of the flourite every day
-Dosing of fertilizers exactly to directions on bottles (Seachem Plant Supplement, Excel, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Nitrogen)
-20 gallon all glass aquarium
-Fluval 305 (yes, it's rated up to 70 gallon aquariums)
-DIY CO2 at a fairly consistent 1 bubble per second, Rex's planted tank CO2 reactor (I built it, just his version)
-Green Machine UV Filter
-2x24w T5 lighting. ZooMed Ultrasun and Florasun
Fish: 5 Aussie Rainbows, 2 Cory Cats, 1 Bristlenose
Plants: Watersprite, Oriental Sword, Amazon Sword, Dying dwarf baby tears, ugly microswords, Red Wendi, and a Java fern.
-Why is my tank still not beautimous? I put lots of time, effort, and monneeyyyy into this thing and nothing seems to be working right.
-Does the UV filter render some of my supplements, such as excel, completely useless?
-The LFS doens't carry any good algae eating fish. This is a problem because my very efficient flying fox decided to keel over shortly after I arrived at college. The bristlenose won't touch the gravel algae. What to do??