So I took Jamo33's advice and moved the output of my filter so that it would create extreme surface agitation, it did have an impact. Over 24 hours and the tank surface was scum free, but it seems that I was still creating the scum in the first place, the next morning I woke to find this all over the plants.
So then I started down the path of getting a fluval surface skimmer (Fluval-A240-Surface-Skimmer
) but I was having a hard time finding one that I could get 2-day shipped, so I decided to create one myself. After a trip (or two) to home depot I had myself a handy little skimmer, and my scum issue was resolved.
Ok I admit is not that little, but it does work. It wont last long as it does not auto-level with the water level, the real skimmer is on its way.
My plant order came in from Aquarium Plants Factory, and all of them survived the move and are all doing really well.
Here is the list so far :
- Micranthemum Umbrosum
- Bacopa Caroliniana
- Mayaca Fluviatilis
- Lobelia Cardinalis
- Ludwigia sp. 'Super Red'
- Elatine Hydropiper
- Cyperus Helferi
I am not trying to create any aquascape yet, heck I can grow anything, other than algae, then I will be happy.
So here is the FTS
And plant growth is great its been, but I need some help with my two new 'friends', I hope that these are diatoms and green algae.
And finally my favorite plant so far.
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Thanks for reading.