It's been a while since I've posted an update. This is mainly due to not having any significant updates... UNTIL NOW.
1.) I finally got around to adding a black background. At first I wasn't much impressed but after a few weeks I am really glad I made the decision as the tank looks much better IMO.
2.) Dwyer flow meter added
3.) Replaced my in-line CO2 diffuser with a reactor
My next steps are to add a PH controller for my CO2 and also figure out a way to measure my PAR. I don't think my PAR values are very high at the moment (guessing 30 at sub) but figuring this out will help me understand what will be needed to get more light. Once I have the above controls in place I think I will be in a position to finely tune my ferts.
I am also struggling with some brown algae on my foreground plants (pictures below). Can anyone help me identify what type of algae this is? It's really diminishing the growth of my MC and Dwarf Sag. It seems that the Dwarf Sag will have a period of growth and then be overcome with brown algae causing it to melt away.
See below for some photos of the additions as well as a few tank shots.