First of all, thanks to all who have provided helpful information either from answering my questions or existing information within this community.
A few tank parameters:
Coralife Aqualight 2x96W PC fixture (6700K, 10000K)
Pressurized CO2 (5lb tank, JBJ regulator, Milwaukee pH controller, DIY Hofteizer Style reactor)
Eheim 2217 Canister
Hydor 300W inline external heater
Flourite (5 bags)
1/2 teaspoon KNO3 3x weekly
1/8 teaspoon KH2PO4 3x weekly
10ml Flourish 3x weekly (will be replaced with plantex CSM+B)
Lighting period 12 hour at this moment.
Here are some pictures:
The empty tank and you can tell from my dog's expression how much he appreciates the setup...
A few pictures showing possible driftwood placements.
I chose arrangement 1 but not sure if it's going to turn out well
Got the plants on 7/01/05 and started planting...
I found out that the used reactor I bought was not working well for me...it was not able to keep up with the CO2 usage in tank. Must have a leak somewhere. So, instead of trying to repair it, I decided to just build a Hofteizer Style reactor to replace the used reactor.
I replaced the reactor on day5 but by this time, some plants have suffered from it
Some leaves were melting...
As you you can see it looks like I might be seeing some algae problem with that brown stuff on the leaves, rocks, as well as some parts of substrate.
I'm not sure what I should do to try to eliminate this brown stuff.
Anyways, this is a start for me. Hopefully, the plants will perk up a bit.
Any suggestions, recommendations, advice, and pointers would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!