Well just showing this one off lol. I had alot of advice 4mths ago when setting up from here, and help fighting algaes and whatnot. Very grateful. The tank has started to mature.
Its a 24x12x18(high) - think its like 20g high to the americans. Fluval 204 external, 3 x 24watt T5 VHO daylights with seagull reflectors, pressurised co2 @ just over 1 bubble a second (JBL proflora equipment). Eco-complete substrate. Ferts are 2-4 drops flourish and 3-4 drops potassium a day. 10% water change a week (my water sucks). Occasional dose of nitrates if necessary.
Plants are Limnophila Heterophylia, Ludwigia Repens, Crypt Nevilli, some unknown crypts, Hydrocotyle (Pennywort), Java Fern and Sagittaria Lileopsis. No bogwood or other decorations.
I did cut down the repens after the pic and replanted a few bits lol - and pruned the limno a bit too. I need to sort a spraybar still. the background was made by myself and is essential a gravel wall with pebbles and java fern attached.
Occupants are 3 Dwarf Puffers, 2 TRUE SAEs, 6 Otocinclus, 19 Cardinia Japonica (Amano Shrimps) and 4 Red Cherry Shrimps. Everybody gets on fine so far. I was surprised the puffers havent bothered the SAEs at all, or the shrimps. SO far.
I am still battling algae a little. If you look (maybe on hi res linked pics) you can see lillaeopsis is bad. What should I do?? SHould I remove it all? Prune it (how??).... just wait longer and let shrimps and saes work?? (they have had a good couple months since tank has been under control). I could try peroxiding it, but Id rather not if poss, so any other suggestions welcomed as I am lost now.
The crypts are really going mad in there too. Is there a certain way to thin them easily?? I remove tattered leaves as and when and occasionally rip a few crypts out to rehome.
Link to hires versions - pic1
ANyhow enjoy, and let me know what you all think and what I can do to improve it more.