Originally Posted by snoopfish
Gremmy that looks nice either way !! The tank and stand look great in your home. How do you keep the algae down with all the natural light coming in?
Using pressurized co2?
Thanks for the compliment!
Actually, I'm not dosing C02 of any kind. It's a relatively low light-setup (96W, for just about 2 watts per gallon). Those big windows are facing north, so very little direct sunlight falls on the tank.
Because of the low light, I've stuck to undemanding plants (Crypts, Java fern, Java moss, Pygmy chain sword, Anubias, Vals, and Telenthera). Algae hasn't been a problem in over a year except for on the slow growing leaves of the Anubias, and I do have some otto cats and SAEs to help out.
I have recently started dosing with Flourish Excel (a carbon supplement), so I'm hoping that will help. I bought a big 2 liter bottle at Dr. Foster & Smith for 17 bucks, and according to my calculations that should last me a year.
I think I would like to fill in the foreground with more anubias and chain swords, and I'm just not happy with the rightmost background. I'm hoping maybe that Val back there will fill in. Any ideas are welcome.