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After 9 years - ADA 60p

I'm usually a lurker but thought I'll share my tank, maybe I can get some tips and advice to better it and to also keep a log on this project. I'm currently battling some algae which I believe I'm winning, slowly.
The last year i did planted tank was around 07/08, then I moved onto reefing. At that point I did reefing for another 4 years but had to give it up due to..life.
I currently moved to Dallas from Chicago, I'm more settled and have more room to get back into the hobby, though it seems like some things have changed and I need to get caught up.

I started the tank near the end of July, I did a fishless cycle.
The tank now a little over 2 months old.
The tank is situated in a rather brightly lit room. Guess room and lots of big windows.
Water change every 5 to 7 days, when I feel like there's too much algae on the glass. -7 gallon at a time on R/O water-

Equipments and supplements
ADA 60-p
Amazonia Aquasoil
drift wood
one large rock
finnex planted+ 24/7 SE ( on 24 hour mode)
finnex ray2 (was on timer for 6 hours, now 1 hour)
5lb co2 ( 20 bubbles in 9.8 sec) run from 10am to 7pm
inline co2 atomizer
8w UV sterlilzer (run 24h)
co2 drop check (light green when co2 is on)
Eheim classic 2215
Eheim surface skimmer (was on 24h but now will run 1h a day with ray2 light)
ecotech mp10
no heater - tank stays at 78 day and night with room temp

This is where I'm running into trouble
I'm using nilocg liquid NPK+M - I was following dosing direction per the bottle but I beleive that was what caused my algae, since then I have back off on Micro and dose Macro every other day. This was expensive so I rather not discard it, any advice on fine tuning is very welcome.
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8/13/17 first picture
8/14/17 second pic - full setup pic
8/23/17 I started getting algae on the glass
9/2/17 is when I started getting, what I think, are BBA
9/22/17 I did a water change yesterday and pulled on some algae. they came off pretty easy but there's still plenty in there, especially on the HC and drift wood.
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I recommend more buces on the wood, moss too combined. Then when everything is file din will look great!


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Thanks, strung. I've been thinking of some sort of moss but can decide on which one, so I haven't been able to pull the trigger. the buce looks good, this is the first time I've heard of it.
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Thanks, strung. I've been thinking of some sort of moss but can decide on which one, so I haven't been able to pull the trigger. the buce looks good, this is the first time I've heard of it.
Very nice beginning to a nice tank ;P

On the moss indecision, I personally am fan of two very beautiful mosses:
-Taxiphyllum sp. Giant, it is like java moss, but the side shoots are about 3 to 4 times wider, which means it looks less flimsy than java moss.
-Vesicularia Ferriei also known as weeping moss, it is a very compact moss, that makes shoots that hang down (hence the name "weeping").

If you want to cover the branches, I'd personally choose for the latter (Vesicularia Ferriei Weeping).

anyways keep us posted once you actually make a decission


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I really like the look of weeping moss a lot. I just check aquabid and saw one listing but it'll be 23 dollars for a 2x2, so i'll keep my eyes peeled for some buce and weeping moss.
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Still working out the ferts and battling algae. The plants are growing very fast, so I did some trimming two days ago. before and after and a picture of some pregers cherry.
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Not much to update but I've added 4 otos and 8 pygmy corys. the otos did help a bit with the algae but I'm still working on the parameters. I believe it's the setting of the planted+ light being on the 24 hour mode. I can take the easy route and put the light on a timer but then it would eliminate the reason I bought for.

Yesterday when I did my water changed I noticed that my 5lb co2 tank has dropped pressure substantially. I believe I have a leak on the tank seal, so I'll have to see if I have a place nearby that does tank exchange upon refilling.

I took advantage of the petco 1 dollar per gallon sale and got myself six 10 gals, one 20 gal, and one 40 breeder for my shrimp obsession. The 40 breeder will be in my office (studio-whatever) and the rest I'll be setting up a rack in my laundry room, however, the rack will be a slow build over the next year.


I have my first tangerine tiger and carbon rili berried shrimps, so that got be pretty excited a few days ago. Of course, I have RCS too and they're doing fantastic - little guys everywhere. I plan on dividing the 40 breeder into 4 sections, all section will share the water for a more balanced parameter. I'm in Texas and it gets hot, I have 2 AC units and it can barely keep up on days that's 90+. My office is on the second floor and I've been struggling with keeping the tank at the recommended temp for shrimps. Thankfully, it's getting cooler and I'm catching a break.

The first pic is on sept 23rd and it's blue because it was later at night and the brighter pic is from today when the planted+ peaked in brightness and supplemented with the ray2. You'll noticed there's some trimming that I've done recently. I've been throwing out the trimmings due to the algae but it seems so wasteful, so if you're around the Dallas area let me know if you want some free clippings - free because it has some algae.
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