Update: On Friday, we finally got the driftwood I've been waiting for. Because we were caught flatfooted with CO2, we had algae problems and some die off on the stalks of plants, and a few pockets of hair algae of some sort. We took out each plant that showed any form of distress, cleaned and pruned, and then replanted. We also vacuumed the substrate lightly and did a 50% water change, and added the driftwood with buce and anubias nana attached via brown all-cotton threads. This is my final hardscape, but not my endpoint with plants, by any means.
New plants are coming from Bartohog: 2 retrospiralis, 2 Hyptis lorentziana, 5 Bacopa Salzmannii, 3 Bacopa colorata, 1 Cryptocoryne Wendtii Bronze, and 2 bags red root floaters. As you see in the picture, I'm floating some Brazilian pennywort now, and like the look. My light is high, so I want to shade some of the tank while continuing to fight algae. The way my flow works, the two sides of the tank are relatively tranquil while the under-surface spray bar pushes back to front in the center, so I bought the red root floaters and we'll see if they work out well on the left side.
Bump: I have to give shout outs to those who have patiently helped with this tank so much!
1. Immortal1: Hubs is going to HD tomorrow to buy parts for a cerges reactor. :d) I'm excited about that.
2. Also, Hoppy, we adjusted the dKH for the drop checker, so it's at 2 now. More on how that does as the week progresses.
3. Burr: I'm dosing sparingly: about 1/4 of what I had been, and also getting more plants. Photo period is at 5 hrs, and CO2 coming on one hour before lights on and going off one hour before lights off. Too early to tell if this will beat our algae problem, but at least you've given us a direction to head.
In this season of Thanksgiving, I'm more than grateful to all of you, and for this terrific website that does so much to educate newbies like us!
Tanks a bunch!
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Last edited by Tanks!; 11-27-2016 at 09:40 PM.