Massive trim + replant (Met14 + water soaked most stems for half hour or so).
Filter clean, glass scrub, good substrate vac, bumped up CO2.
Massive algae outbreak, brown algae + green algae both of which came off no problem, GDA as well, but not nearly as bad as the other kinds.
Filter broke, took me 2 weeks to dial back in with new filter. (still need more flow, but "ok" for now).
CO2 tank ran dry, took 2 days of messing with CO2 prior to end of tank dump symptoms, and then 1 full day without CO2 at all and no one home to turn lights down + a late water change.
Another week or so to get CO2 re-dialed back in.
The struggles of cheaping out and using old equipment. When I set up a new tank, whenever that will be, I'm moving up to a full quality system - Reg, tank, control-ability and redundancy.
Now, ready for my next move? Idiotic or not I'm doing it. Swapping back to 100% non-softened tap water. Life is getting too busy for the time being to mess with 100% RO, even only with 11 gallons worth per week for water changes + another few gallons for top-offs.
15 degrees kH
17 degrees gH - of which 15 degrees is Ca
8.2 degassed pH
Now, I recently did a 50% water change using 75% RO / 25% Tap. Next water change will be 50/50, then 25 RO / 75 Tap, and finally 100% tap on week 4 water change.
I've kept great tanks at these levels before without any issues - heck I could actually grow Rotala species with ease at these levels. I'm sure some plant's won't like it, but oh well. I've had my fun with RO and looking for a slightly new adventure.
I am assuming tap has 5ppm Mg, and will be boosting it 10ppm, no additional Ca obviously. Micro's will stay the same, although I may need some Ferrous Gluconate for the high pH.
Random pic of the pond tank (soon be going back outdoors). No ferts, few water changes, medium PAR, messy fish: