Improving Water Quality
I have algae, BBA, hair, GSA, and used to have Staghorn. Now its not out of control per say ie I can stand it but I would like to decrease it a bit. Mostly the BBA on my crypts is what bothers me.
I have a Marineland Emporer 400 that I clean the filter pads on once a week, and I also fill the extra media containers with carbon. I have an aquamedic 1000 run by and eheim 1252 and I know its not really used for filtration but it has bio balls in it.
Items I am looking to change and need advice on.
1. Instead of adding carbon into the media containers I was going to put seachem matrix, I was told that carbon is not helpful in planted aquariums.
2. Adding seachem stability to the tank for a little while in case I was missing some strains of beneficial bacteria.
3. Another item of interest was the pentair aquatics ceramic bio balls for my aquamedic. This not only was to break down the Co2 better but to also create more surface area.
Overall goal is to make my filtration system more efficient.
All stuff below is tank details.
[55G tank, EI dose, 50% WC once a week
1 bushy nose pleco, 1 nerita snail, regular snails, 4 Caridina japonica, 1 oto (I know I need to get more), 3 dwarf cory cats for cleanup crew.
Other than that I have other fish creating a significant bio load.
11x Cardinal Tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi
4x Golden White Cloud Danios, Tanichthys albonubes
5x Galaxy Rasboras, Celestichthys margaritatus
6x Harlequin Rasboras, Trigonostigma heteromorpha
4x Von Rio Tetras, Hyphessobrycon flammeus
1x Sunset Gourami, Colisa labiosa
2x Hi Fin lyretail swordtails, Xiphophorus helleri
1x Checkerboard Cichlid, Dicrossus filamentosa]
Any general comments, concerns, criticisms are totally welcome.
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