Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Santa Clara, California
29 gallon gone high tech
I've been keeping this tank for years as a low tech, low maintenance, distraction for the cats. A few easy plants, school of glow light tetras, amano shrimp, and most recently a plecko.
I had a DIY duel T8 system until I was gifted a Current Satellite+. That fixture is only 20" so I disconnected one of the t8 lamps and have been running like that for about a year. Par is somewhere above 30.
This last father's day I got an Aquatek mini regulator and a paintball tank and started with CO2, something I've wanted for years. Today I'm quite pleased with how this tank is coming along. I've got Val, Anubis, Crypto, dwarf Sagateria, Lace Java, and I'm trying HC. Since rearranging when I added the Crypto, Sagateria and the HC the melt off has ceased and I'm seeing new growth on everything. The Val has been in the tank the longest and after moving 4 plants I am seeing new plants pushing up from where I cut the others out. The Val that I didn't move is about to the surface and pearling.
I am using Flourish comp on water changes and alternating iron and phos daily. Under dosing everything right now to keep it all under control. I am seeing algea...slowly cutting back the lighting duration, but the algae isn't excessive at the moment.
Thursday I'll be receiving a Hydor 240 to help the HOB Aquaclear 200 move things around a bit more. There should also be a drop checker in the box to help me with the CO2 levels.
Anyway...here's a shot from today after a mass molting by the shrimp. Must have had 10 shrimp drop their exo's today, never seen that many in one day.