Recovery for 29 gallon tank underway
I've been running my pH around 6.5 at 3 dH and have tried various combinations of plants and fertilizers to gain the advantage over algae. Along the way I discoverd that Flourish Excel gives me the growth rates that I've needed to gain the upper hand on algae. I tried increaseing the CO2 to the point my fish were gasping for air. I also tried the EI method to no avail. Now all I add is CO2 and Excel - nothng else - no macros or micros. Since I started a month ago, algae is no longer a problem and all of my plants have more than doubled in size. I also beleive my selection of plants has helped too. I've got fast growing plant rather than a tank full of a lot of slower growing species.
A few weeks ago, I lost power for day and I needed to replace the media in my canister. The good news is that my tank appears to be on the rebound. Ammonia and nitrates are where you want them and my water starting to run clear again. Here's the plant list from left to right:
Most of these grow rapidly and are not demanding, which is fine by me.
Here's my critter load:
3 pristilla tetras
3 lemon tetras
3 or perhps 5 otos
1 clown loach
3 xiphophorus veriatus
one big honkin' golden mystery snail
The platy and the veriatus eat anything that's big enough to swallow, including any film that starts on the top of the tank and all sorts of algae. I'll always try to keep a few in the tank. Caution: if you don't want a population explosion, get all females and keep you fingers crossed they kept their fins crossed.
Here's a photo. Except for the hygrophila corymbosa, the sword and the hair grass, everything is about half a long as they were yesterday. I was running out of room in the tank.
Question: How does hair grass respond to mowing?
Andrew, MASI Treasurer
This message is always under construction: 75-gallon tank; 2, Eheim 2026 filters - one twice broken; Tek Light with 4, 54W T5s (6000K) ; Sand on top of 4:1 sand:clay mixture; Milwaukee CO2 controller; PlantGuild vortex CO2 reactor; pH = 6.6, kH=70mg/l, GH=120mg/l; EI; Flourish excel on 50% weekly water change: AGA Member.
Last edited by g8wayg8r; 11-06-2006 at 01:39 AM.