20g Long dirt with ferts
It's been awhile since I've been active on the forum but I've been back creeping around for the past 6 months or so. My original plan was a easy to maintain dirt tank with a lot of plants, shrimp, and a light fish load. Once I got my hands wet I couldn't stop myself from adding more equipment which in turn increases maintenance. I know I can't be the only person this has happened too haha. My plants are growing but i feel like they could be doing much better. My crypts develop holes in the leaves and some of my stem plants look small.
The tank has been up and running since 12/23/19.
I was having algae issues: BBA, staghorn, and hair. I believe I was running too much light for too long. The tank is only 12" tall and that doesn't account for the substrate. i was running max light from 12pm-6pm plus the ramp up/down for 3 hours before and after. One of the features i don't like about the light.
I had a regulator and a 5lb tank so i added inline c02 via an atomic diffuser at about 1.5-2 bbs. It could probably use more but i don't like the way the tank looks when i turn the gas up.
Light is a Finnex 24/7 running a custom light cycle. I don't have the exact schedule but this is a good guess. So from 9am-12pm it is ramping up from off to 10% brightness. 12-3 is ramping up from 10% to max brightness.
9-12 10% brightness
3-6 about 70% brightness
6-9 10% brightness
EI dosing alternating days micro and macro.
PLANTEX 1/32tsp +1/64tsp
KH2P04 1/64 tsp
Nitrate are around 20ppm
PH 7.2 in the morning before lights or gas
I'm sure i missed some needed info but this should be a good start.
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