First off, sorry for the long post. Thank you ahead of time for those that stick it out and read the whole thing, and anyone with advice or suggestions.
So after cycling several takes over the last year I've come to realize that the only time my plants really thrive is during the cycling when nitrites/nitrates are out of control.
From what I've read all my tanks are low light so there shouldn't be a "need" for ferts and definitely not c02. However I am now pretty positive that I am going to have to start dosing ferts (especially in my 50) due to the fact that no matter how many fish I have I never have nitrates. All zeros, all the time. I have also started having more issues with algae, both hair and green specks on the glass that my lazy algae eating crew won't eat.
I am pretty sure I want to order some "liquid ferts" here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=195878
to start since I am new to dry ferts and don't want to screw anything up too bad, and I might possibly be a bit lazy, other than my weekly maintenance.
Here are the stats on my 50, which is my main concern right now:
- 50 gallon Aqueon tank
- "stock" lights, 2 T8 15w, one on each side, I believe they are 8,000k
- Recently added 2 Marineland hidden LED 21" fixtures, one on each side to supplement and allow for better viewing along the dark back side of the tank.
- Substrate is white, very fine, construction sand
- Fluval 206 canister filter
Since I added the LED fixtures my Aponogeton boivinianus has finally started growing leaves again which are a nice dark green color. Unfortunately I have also noticed some hair algae collecting on my java fern (which is not really growing much.)
Water parameters are: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate, ph is usually around 8, gh/kh are both 7, tested negative for copper. All test are API liquid.
- Aponogeton boivinianus
- Java moss
- Java fern (standard and Windelov)
- Crypt Wendtii
- Petsmart random variety Anubias
If it matters my livestock list is:
- 11 Emerald Eye Rasboras
- 11 Espei Rasboras
- 5 Julii Corydoras
- 1 Corydoras habrosus (he hangs out with the other Corydoras and I don't want to get more due to issues I've had)
- 2 Otocinclus vestitus (I think)
- 2 Hillstream Loaches
- 1 Bristlenose Pleco
- 1 Zebra Nerite
- 4 Apple snails
- 1 Bamboo shrimp
- 8 Amano shrimp
- a few RCS as a test
- large amount of MTS because apparently I overfeed?
Does this fert choice sound like the right direction for what I have going here? I was thinking about Osmocote capsules at first but I want the plants on the driftwood to benefit and I don't want the MTS making a mess and stirring up the Osmocote into the water column. Also my crypts do pretty well, they are the one plant I can't seem to kill. I don't even bother with stem plants anymore, they consistently turn to mush and die on me.