Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Alameda, Callifornia
Thanks. The tank was really nothing I could be proud of until a month or so again. Not as terrible as it got last year, but not good.
As I mentioned above, the tank went to hell last spring. And it didnít come back easily. Plants Iíd grown easily in my other tank just could. not. get. going. in this tank. My first problem was lights. I was trying to use the 24/7 feature, and getting that to work withCO2 but no ph controller was not going well. So I went back to the same split photoperiod Iíd used with success (although different lights) on my 29. That helped some. Second was flow. With 3 powerheads in the tanks, I actually had too much flow. Taking them out did a lot.
The last issue was, of course, CO2. In the interest of getting equipment out of the tank, Iíd put my diffuser in the sump, but I was having to run a ridiculously high bubble rate just to maintain adequate CO2. This was also causing my to go through about a 10lb tank of CO2 per 6 weeks. Moving the diffuser up into the tank helped some, but I was still using a lot of CO2. This slowly got worse and worse until I was using a tank every couple of weeks, but it didnít really sink in until I was deep into tax season and working a kajillion hours a week again, and at that point it was easier to swap tanks a lot than to troubleshoot. Once tax season ended, I was able to find the leak (check valve) and fix it. However, some plants (Iím looking at you, HíRa) were still not great. So what was I doing in the 29 thatI wasnít in the 125? Metricide. Lots and lots of Metricide. I started dosing 70ml/day with my ferts in the morning, and the results have been fantastic. I was an Art major, so I donít have ppm of the various nutrients or even a spreadsheet, but my current routine is:
W-F-Su: 2g KNO3, 2g KH2Po4, 7g K2SO4, 70ml Metricide
Th-Sa-M: 2g Plantex, 70ml Metricide
Tu: 70ml Metricide, 50%+ water change, 4g MgSO4, 2g CaSO4, 2g KHCO3
Lights 4xFinnex Planted Plus 24/7 36Ē on full blast 9:00-noon and 3:00-9:00
Ph pre-CO2 7.2
Ph post-CO2 6.1
Fish: 3x Congo Tetra
10x lemon tetra
5x Bronze Cory
15x black neon tetra
1x Cardinal Tetra
8x cherry barb
2x Hillstream Loaches
And I have 12 more lemons in quarantine. My quarantineís tiny, so thatís about as many fish as I can do at once. I want to get lots more of everything but the SAEs and Congo Tetras - large schools or small fish is my current goal for the tank.
Iíll try to update more often. Now that I actually like my tank, it should be easier to do.