Been lurking here for about a month or so and thought I would start a journal of my 5 gallon. And hey, its' my first post too. The tank has actually been setup for 6 months now but I am just, as of my water change today, starting to get serious about adding fertilizer to try and combat some algae growth that is taking over my anubias. We'll see how it goes.
Marineland Portrait 5-gallon tank (built in filter in the back just running sponge and filter floss)
Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Led lights
Mr. Aqua aquarium soil
Some driftwood bought from Amazon
Dwarf Anubias nana
Petite Anubias nana
Fissidens Nobilis Moss
Crystal Red Shrimp (5 of which 1 survived. Couldn't tell if it was my new tank or the shipment)
Red Cherry and Yellow Goldenback Shrimp (7 pulled from my son's tank that has a good breeding colony going)
Phoenix Rasbora (6 added in December of '18)
With the use of Aquasoil and R/O water my ph hovers around 6.8 during the day and drops down to around 6.2 by morning before lights go on. If I let water changes go for longer than a week ph starts dipping down to 6.3 during the day and 5.8 at night (lowest I've seen it). I use Equilibrium to reconstitute the R/O water.
So here was the tank at initial planting. Light's were on for 12 hours a day at this point. Didn't have much problems with algae. Maybe a little brown diatom. No shrimp or fish at this point.
Here's the tank 4 months in. No fish, just shrimp. Cabomba had slowed it's growth and turned yellow. Green algae growing well on sides of tank (about every 3 days I would have to scrub)
At the end of 5 months in I just started dosing Excel and starting to see a difference in the Cabomba. Can't tell from this pic but green string algae (I don't know the proper names) and a fuzzy green algae had started to grow so I backed off lights to 10 hours/day. The Rasbora's had been the tank for about a month now
Here's a good shot of the shrimp and you can see the algae growing on the anubias
And here it is as of today. Been dosing Excel for about a month now and really seeing a difference. Also with today's water change just added my first does of NiloCG ThriveS.
And we will see what the ThriveS will do about my algae issues