Hi all. Extremely long time lurker here. I figure I would finally start a post on my current tank. Up about 4 months now and not without its problems. I believe I finally got it going in the right direction. This is a high tech ro water tank with Ei dosing. A little background on this tank:
First month: no filter, no co2 rushed it on my first batch of plants. Needless to say they all melted. Aquasoil also was still leaching.
Second month. Got co2 and a filter. Also a co2 controller(worst idea) Second bath of plants did better..for a couple of weeks. Also this time I bought 30 Taiwan bees. Since tank wasn’t mature yet, 20 died within first week 😞 bought a beamswork DA fspec. Not sure if conditions of the tank were already bad but this along with the dead plants in there combined with inconsistent c02, I suffered a massive algae bloom(bba, staghorn, gsa, you name it I had it). Decided to do the 1-2 punch treatment(surprisingly all remaining Taiwan bees survived this.
3rd month: got rid of my lily pipes as flow was really bad for this setup. I believe it was a factor in my algae bloom. Got rid of my spider wood. Probably contributed to the high DOC in my tank. (Bba food)
4th month: returned the da fspec and bought a DA 6500k. Raised my lights 5 inches and ran the beamswork along with my original light, a finnex 24/7 v1. I got rid of the ph controller and bought a ph pen to get a 1.3 ph drop when co2 is on. During this time I collected more plants.
I was seriously about to give up on this tank, but scouring posts on how to treat algae really helped. Here are the steps I took to fix my tank if anyone is interested.
1. Water changes don’t mean just change the water. Shake you plants up, lightly shake the. surface of your gravel up and suck all the debris, mulm out. Wipe your glass down, clean your filters. Tank needs to be spotless.
2. Remove all dead material, anything u think is contributing to high DOC.
3. 1-2 punch treatment and Cut, cut, and cut out all algae.
4. Run Seachem phosguard. (Limiting this for a week really weakens the algae. It also hurts the plants. So after algae is weakened, dose excel 1ml/g spot treat.
5. Use Seachem purigen to remove all remaining DOC.
6. Fill up the tank with plants to outcompete algae.
7. Raise your light if it’s too bright.
8. Research how to create good flow in the tank. every tank is different.
9. Increasing phosphates after taking out phosguard to 3-4 ppm and dosing extra iron really helped grow healthy plants and made them pop.
My tank is in much better condition now. For the longest time I wanted to rip everything out and restart. I’m glad I didn’t. Researching everything on this forum on how to have a great planted tank helped. (The share your dosing thread is amazing 😉:-)
Now for the tank specs:
High tech, ei dosing (dry macros 3x, flourish comp 5ml 3x/wk, .5ml flourish iron everyday.
Beamswork DA 6500k
DIY 5” acrylic raisers
Weipro ph controller (the worst)
eBay co2 regulator solenoid (not bad so far)
Sun sun inline heater
eBay in-line co2 atomizer
Marina breeder box
Ro water remineralized with salty shrimp
Dwarf baby tears
L. Aromatica mini
R. Macrandra variegated.
R. Ramisor florida
Tonina lotus blossom
Blyxa alternafolia (so hard to grow but starting to look great)
Hydro corymbosa thin?
20-30 juve Bloody Mary shrimp
10 mixed Taiwan bees
Random ghost shrimp babies from when I bought adults but removed them since they were eating plants.
Tank pics in different variations over the months attached. Hope you guys like 🙂