Hey, welcome to the journal. Well, after a rather interesting start, the tank is finally up and running. I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before I start to experience algae problems, but that's life right? So anyway, you'll have to wait for pics of the algae. Just some info about me: I'm a 22, majoring in environmental science at Cal-Poly. I enjoy the acoustic guitar and I think the new Silent Hill movie is pretty nifty.
Seriously though, I'm really enthusiastic about starting up a planted tank journal here at the plantedtank. I've been lurking here for quite a while and the forum's search function has proven invaluable. I have great respect for the minds here, and I guess I feel gifted to even have the opportunity to post a journal alongside the best in the hobby.
OK, on to the meaty part of the post: tank specs!
-Lighting: 3.5wpg (55w PC 8000K + 15w T-8 6700K = 70 watts)
-CO2: Pressurized (Milwaukee regulator), diffusion via Hagen bubble ladder
-Dosing: K2SO4, KNO3, Seachem Flourish; weekly 30-50% water change
-Substrate: Eco-Complete & mafic riversand
-Filtration: Penguin Biowheel
-Fauna: SAE, algae shrimp, yellow guppies, threadfin rainbowfish
-Flora: Rotala indica, Ludwigia arcuata, Rotala wallachi, Heternathera zosterifolia, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Crytocoryne walkeri, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Saggitaria subulata, Elocharis acicularis, Glossostigma elatinoides, Fontinalis antipyretica, and all sorts of algae.
I'll post water params later but I'll say that we have really hard water and a really high pH. We also get our tap from groundwater so it's just full of electrolyte goodness... Good for the RO industry, bad for me... I don't have RO BTW.
20H Day 1.0