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I've been messing around with planted tanks for a little over a year now. I finally went with compressed co2 in my 46 gallon 4 months ago while the 20 and 15 are still DIY.

As you can see I like the red plants and a wild look.

46 bowfront
96 watts (6700K) + 18 watts (5500K) in the front via two CF bulbs
Regulated co2 at aprox 15ppm


20 long
72 watts via two coralife t5 NO fixtures (3 6700K plus 1 colormax)
DIY co2


15
56 watts via two coralife t5 NO fixtures (3 6700K plus 1 colormax)
DIY co2


Every tank has some level of green fuzz algae on the substrate that I occasionally knock back with Excel. The only ferts I add is a single dose of Seachem Potassium after my weekly water change. I occasionally add a little Iron to the 46.

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Your tanks look vibrant and healthy. What is the green plant in the 20 that is slightly off center and to the right within the pic?
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Your tanks look vibrant and healthy. What is the green plant in the 20 that is slightly off center and to the right within the pic?
Looks like peacock moss or spiky moss

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how old are these tanks? very nice
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Very nice! Your plants look great. I think my favorite is your 20g. Nice placement and selection of plants. I like the reds too!

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They all look great. I like how vibrant and colorful they are. Great job!
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Your tanks look vibrant and healthy. What is the green plant in the 20 that is slightly off center and to the right within the pic?
It's a mixture of mosses with flame being on top and peacock or spiky or erect in the middle. I bought a ball of mystery moss.

The 46 is 1.5 years old, but I continually remove plants not growing well and plug in new plants, rather haphazardly. The 20 gallon is 1 year and the 15 is 6 months.

Here's a closeup of the moss mountain. If anyone can identify the moss I would appreciate it.


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beautiful tanks Mark... and the rainbow praecox too
at the moss i'm guessing spiky.


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Awesome tank and great moss mountain!
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how can i miss the cherry barb in your 20 long they're beautiful!


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wow, thats colorful. the reds are very strong. the moss mountain is absolutely amazing, the moss looks very healthy.

may i suggest you up your CO2 in your 46? i like to keep CO2 at twice that, but your plants would definately benefit from just an increase to 25 ppm.

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wow, thats colorful. the reds are very strong. the moss mountain is absolutely amazing, the moss looks very healthy.

may i suggest you up your CO2 in your 46? i like to keep CO2 at twice that, but your plants would definately benefit from just an increase to 25 ppm.
I had it up but I don't take the time to keep up with ferts and developed algae issues (BBA in particular) because of the imbalance. With the level it's at I get good growth, nice colors, and no algae (other than the green fuzz which is not shrinking or spreading). I think at this level my otos and cherry shrimp can keep up.

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really? thats interesting. BBA is often treated by increasing CO2 and dosing excel for additional carbon (as well as its useful toxicity). but thats fine. your plants are obviously healthy and thriving.

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really? thats interesting. BBA is often treated by increasing CO2 and dosing excel for additional carbon (as well as its useful toxicity). but thats fine. your plants are obviously healthy and thriving.
I don't think I got rid of it, I just slowed everything down to the point that my cleanup crew can manage it. Except for that green fuzz...

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try lowering your iron dosage. algae like iron, and with all your plants so red, im sure you dose a lot. later when the algae is gone, you can slowly up your iron dosing back if your plants get a little duller, just add a few amano shrimp. cleanup crews rarely make a dent in algal outbreaks, but are amazing at keeping them from starting.

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