I dose 2x a week most of my tanks, 4-5x a week for traces. Ferts are not really "high", they are just what grows the plants well/better than other methods. There is a lot of plant biomass in this tank. ADA AS mostly loses NH4 over time. Not much is left after 1 year. Which is fine, as ADA suggest you redo it yearly anyhow. I guess this stuff is pushing 3-4 years at least. I feed the fish well, so there's some NH4, but the KNO3 helps at higher rates than what many might suggest. Tank does okay without dosing also, but it does better with it. There's no issues with algae either way really, you get more GSA if you do not dose/less growth. So that might be minor for some folks, but the people that claim it'll lead to algae, that's rubbish. I've been doing this for a few years, I see zero correlation independent of other factors for nutrients at higher rates. If those led to algae or other issues, then I would have to see them, but I do not. The tank does not say what causes the algae, only what it cannot be under a good example of controlled conditions and horticulture. And.......the method is not difficult at all. Plants happy, fish happy, hobbyists happy.
The cloudiness is called just a random shot after a water change. Muck from the filter. I only use a sponge filter in the sump.
I'm not doing some involved ADA photo shoot. Just a quick pic post water change. Tank is extremely clear and folks that have stopped by my place to see can easily attest to this fact.
I have a new sump with bag filters. Just lazy about installing it.
Tank is very easy to care for. One of the easiest I've done.
Less light= good sediment ferts/water column ferts/rich CO2/plants that are not weedy and fast growing= easy nice tank.
Fish have bred in here dozens of times now. I must have 100 or so Bristle nose plecos from this one tank.
I might clean the glass once every 2 months?
Those huge clumps of Buices are generally bought and then just set into a tank, they are not grown in, that takes many months, a year or so etc of good care.
A tank like this will take a good 6 months to mature decently, whereas a stem tank, maybe 1-2 months comparatively.
But after say 1-2 years....some trimming of tops here and there, then it's a real feast for the eyes.