Well, a whole lot of terrible has happened in the past two weeks.
First off we'll start with the fact that I added another light. This was already a high tech build and I had a decent light (The Koval from the first post) and after seeing clownplanted's tank/PAR rating on a beamworks light thread, I thought adding another LED light was the smart thing to do.
What a terrible ass mistake that was.
I didn't notice that clownplanted had a dimmer installed and well, I just plugged it in and let it go.
48 hours later and the entire tank went from crystal clear and green to completely covered in brown.
Research tells me this was a diatom bloom.
All of my green plants are now brown as hell. I did a bit of research and figured out that CO2 was probably too low. I was at about 5bps so I cranked it to 3094308 bps. The first day everything was fine....the diatoms stop building so much and whatever I wiped off was still mostly green. The next day I almost gassed the whole tank.
One unlucky ram got sucked and stuck to the intake of my filter and got some scales pulled off him.
Now he has a few white growths on him.
Is this ich?
No other fish have any spots....and if I know anything about ich then I know I need to get him out now before those spots explode right?
Anyway, there were two occasions where I almost gassed the fish and the diatoms were slowing down, not reducing. I gave up on the second light and am running a single again.
New plant growth isn't turning brown with diatoms anymore, but there is a algae that needs to be dealt with. I got 3 flying foxes, another oto cat, 8 nertite snails and since I found some ghost shrimp for 50 cent a piece, I got 3 of them.
My TDS is at like 700 so I figured they would die but 48 hours later and they're still swimming along.
I also bought a silicate and phosphate tester and I don't know what is considered high on them but I'm at a point that I just bought phosguard and am going to run it for a bit to remove whatever silicates and phosphates I may have in the water.
Here's a few pictures of the brownness:
You can see the snail trail there on the rock:
My substrate is now coated in brown and no longer completely black.
After a good rubbing down of the leaves. Some of this stuff just refuses to come off:
I guess this was a good learning experience.....now i have a generally better idea of what I'm doing but my tank looks like sh!t now.