30 gal new set up
I decided to restart my 35 gal tank after having it set up for almost 2 years as a dirt substrate tank. I had some issues with blue/green algae for some of the time and decided to start fresh. I'm not sure what condition caused the blue/green algae (maybe the organics of the dirt.. still not sure as I attempted to alter all aspects of tank, but I've moved on and have had no issues yet).
I decided to change to fluorite as the substrate, about 3-4 inches deep with iron tablets distributed throughout.
I have kept the same strip light set-up, but have added two CF flood lights. Its a cheap and effective set-up that I have had a lot of success with in the past with smaller tanks. I researched PAR for various lights and have found a combination of two bulbs that works very well.
I fertilize using EI and have two DIY CO2 set-ups (one into a shot glass, one into a pump to distribute the bubbles).
This tank has been set up for about 3 weeks now, and I've seen awesome growth so far. It is very heavily planted, and I have not seen any algae growth at all, even with the high lighting.
My anacharis grows about a quarter inch every day, the cabomba about the same. The melon swords sprout a new leaf every other day. The jungle val sprout a new leaf every other day as well (and the current leafs have grown about 5 inches the last couple of weeks).
I used to garden with my nanny growing up, and we always designed the beds randomly and with a sense of "disorganization". I love that style and design my tanks the same way. I like the look and feel of over-crowded plants, as it would seem in nature. Tanks that follow landscaping "rules" look just as great to me, though!
fish include 4 Chinese algae eaters, 6 white skirt tetras, two dwarf guoramis.
Last edited by ctross09; 02-15-2016 at 05:06 PM.
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