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
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)
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.
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.