I will say that is some of the best algae photography I have seen. You really captured the essence!
They weren't kidding about the new Iphone 12's camera
It's a wonderful sight to see it all go red / white in a matter of days with only a mild daily dose of Excel, I must have been growing a very susceptible variety of hair algae.
I'm hoping I can leave things as is now... daily micros and Excel again, consistent macros, consistent CO2 and weekly water changes. Fingers crossed the plants will perk up and I'll have to keep a sharp set of scissors around until I get that 55 all set up and running.
Current specs in case anyone is wondering:
Java fern 'windelov'
Anubias nana 'petite'
Crypt lutea 'hobbit'
Red cabomba (piauhyensis)
Rotala spec 'Pearl' ???? (1 teeny tiny stem lived from my frozen shipment, it's BARELY hanging on)
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red'
Lindernia rotundifolia (variegated)
Estimated 1.0 drop in pH - pH probe loses calibration over night (setting up another Drop Checker as soon I have time to confirm)
2 x 23 watt 6500K CFL in a DIY hood + 32 feet of LED tape lighting - PAR = ???? 60-70 I would guess... 7 hours / day.
Weekly 60-70% water change:
NPK - incoming water @ 20-15-39 roughly, TDS ~180ppm.
Custom micros daily @ 0.5ppm Fe / week.
Excel @ high rate daily.
Inert coal slag, no tabs (I might make some up and do some experimenting with the crypts)
No livestock (might get a shrimp colony started shortly once I can get the plants going again)
Eheim 2213 with an Ista inline turbo reactor.