My old planted tank reborn! Started this journal 4 weeks into it so this post is catching up a little. Last time this tank had plants in it (2 years ago), I had serious algae issues and gave up. This time I'm trying to do it the right way:
65 AGA tall
110w 9325k PC + 75w 8000k T-8 (approx 2.9 wpg)
magnum 350 running pleated cartridge
pressurized CO2 with modified Rex reactor
flourite, eco complete, & plain gravel (50/20/30)
I had full blast CO2 & EI going before I put plants in. I planted about 60 plants all at once.
So far 4 weeks into it I have a little bit of BGA, diatoms, and hair algae. They are all pretty small amounts and I have been able to manage them with cleanup kritters, excel, H2O2, and cleaning. The ottos and BN pleco have been great for the diatoms. I may have to hit the hair and BGA with a blackout if they get much worse, but for now I'm focusing on growing healthy plants to hopefully beat those out.
Plant growth is good and so far the only plant I haven't been able to grow is lilaeopsis. Oh well, I chucked it for some dwarf hairgrass which is already starting to grow and hasn't gotten the algae crud (yet).
Ludwiga, rotala, melon sword, kleiner bar sword, hairgrass, bacopa, pennywort, vals, lotus, and a few others.
2 full grown angels, 4 otto's, BN pleco, 2 SAE's, 1 opaline gourami, 12 amano, lots o MTS.
Thanks for looking!
Week 4. Rearranged a little, added some more bacopa from LFS and added 60w more light: