(may be a bit longer post then they will normally be)
Parameters are all optimal using conditioned tap water (thank you, Seachem Prime). PH 7.6, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 40 (a bit higher than I'd like, hopefully the plants begin a stronger uptake). Unsure of KH/GH. Lighting is dual 21w T5's running on a 12 hour cycle (6,500k and 10,000k bulbs). No CO2. Filtration includes a whisper 60 HoB with a pre-filter, sponge, ceramic media, and filter floss. I am also running a powerhead with a pre-filter and a UV sterilizer.
Fertilization is in the form of root tab "veggie" capsules and Osmocote plus. I am dosing a standard PPS-Pro regime and have been extremely consistent in when the dosing takes place, and making sure to dose daily.
Plants include 2 "adult" amazon swords, 2 "baby" amazon swords, about a dozen crypt lutea, 2 bronze wendtii, about 6 water sprite, and about 8 dwarf sagittaria. Animals include 2 dalmatian mollies, 1 yellow molly, 2 bumblebee platys, a dozen cherry barbs, 6 otos, about 8 ghost shrimp, and an unknown number of AS.
April 7, 2013
Here we can see the thinly spread plants, many of them suffering from melt or frequent uprooting. I began dosing ferts when I took this picture, so here is our start point. Not too impressive, I don't think. Algae is an issue, covering many leaves on the lutea and swords. Bummer.