I continue to battle hair algae daily and also this sort of brown algae that forms on the stems and leaves.
10 gallon pressurized
Dwarf Baby Tears
Dwarf Hair Grass
4 black neon tetra
9 amano shrimp
I do have the little fluval intank diffuser, definitely not the best (the one with the black rubber around the disc) but I bounce the bubbles around a lot so I'm getting diffusion.
I have been running 4 bps. Today, just in case my diffusion was poor, I bumped up the CO2. I moved the needle valve as physically small of a turn it would. I could see a slight increase in bubbles.
About 15 mins later everyone was gasping at the top so I put it back to where it has been at 4 bps.
Current Satellite Freshwater + LED
I have the par data on it plus I have experimented with different settings from full spectrum down to cloudy days with lower par and all in between.
I could use improvement here but atm I can not upgrade.
Again, 10 gallon and I am using a hob rated for a 20 or 30. It has the thin little black foam it came with...in the chamber space behind that is Seachem Matrix biomedia in the bottom half & Purigen in the top.
I have a small powerhead running 24/7.
I've gone from blasting it down to barely on and I quickly learned that slow and low is the best...gentle. I have also moved it around to different areas so while mastering flow in a square shaped object can be tricky I feel I have it as good as it can get.
So...I explained all of that to ask about this...
I know... dry ferts, stop wasting your money, etc, etc...
That being said I AM using the Seachem line currently and I have their whole line-up.
I have been following their chart:
As for the dosing I have been using this calculator:
Today (did WC yesterday so today is 'day1') I started a slightly different schedule.
I get the concept of macro and micro.
For some reason this chart splits the macros. I noticed most alternate so today I started all the macros together.
Sorry for the long post btw I am just at a point where I want to say forget about it...I'm sure you've been there.
Looking at the above chart, is there a benefit to splitting the macros like it does? Phosphorus and Nitrogen on DAY 1...then 2 days later Potassium.
Also, I have no Iron test...is this chart on the right track in suggesting to dose the Iron daily?...bc I have been dosing it daily.
Lastly, I don't completely understand Trace but Seachem, while recommending it be used in conjunction with Flourish Comp...suggests using the 2 on different days.
Is Trace a gimmick?..or should I use it rarely as opposed to weekly as needed when I notice signs of deficiency?
Since the above chart hasn't worked for me here is the schedule I started today which simply combines NPK all on same day and does micros alternating.
1: Iron, NPK
2: Iron, Flourish
3: Iron, NPK, Trace
5: Iron, NPK, Flourish
6: Iron, Trace
If you have read this far and don't know what to tell me I totally get it.
If you notice any glaring mistakes or have any advice I could probably use it.
It's becoming more frustrating than enjoyable. I have enjoyed experimenting, tinkering, learning so far but now it is seeming ridiculous.