First post, just introducing my tank.
20H, Current 40w PC 6700/10K lighting. Penguin 200 and 100 (no media, flow only), Wal Mart heater, eco complete with gravel on top, and an airstone in the left corner of the tank.
2 yoyo Loaches, 1 botia kubotai (angelicus),and 3 tiger barbs.
I don't remember what plants are in there.
I have had the loaches for 5-6 years, this is their 4th tank. I did a lot of moving the last few years. Tiger barbs are new as of Monday.
Used to have a nano-reef until a ice storm knocked power out for 10 days. Also had a 55 with 4 Current 6500K t5 bulbs with Flourite substrate that did really well for 2 years and then sold it.
The tank has been neglected. It may 2-3 weeks before I got around to doing a 20% water change. The brown algae was getting pretty bad. I am now doing water a change once a week. I am also feeding the fish less and reducing the photo period. Every now and then I add a cap full of Flourish. I use RO/DI water with Seachem Acid and Alkaline buffers, and top of with RO/DI only.
pH = 7.5
GH = 9ish dKH
KH = 4 dKH
Phosphate = 0.0-0.5
Amm = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 0
Temp = 76-78
I am wanting to turn the tank around into something that is beautiful and reflects good husbandry. I've been a bad fish keeper for about a year now, and I want to make this a "real" aquarium. I want to have lots more plants and 2 or 3 more each of the angelicus loaches and barbs, and overall a very balanced and good looking tank. Current stocking doesn't allow snails, I'm not sure about shrimps. I am not very knowledgeable with ferts and CO2, although I up for using it if I can learn, which I'm sure many of you will be happy to school me in this area, if not others.
I would like suggestions on my current setup, and future plans.