Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Albuquerque, NM
I am starting to get frustrated!! It is aggravating spending the time and energy I've invested in this tank only to have a huge mess on my hands. I know these tanks arent easy to maintain, especially the smaller tanks, but I see people out there with clean, healthy aquariums and I wonder 'How the heck do they do it?' I follow the guidelines, ie. good cleaning practice, good lighting (20" planted+), pressurized co2, quality substrate (marfied controsoil), excessive filtration (ehiem 2215), yet my tank suffers.
I manually remove as much of the algae as possible daily. When I do water changes (50% every couple days) I vacuum the substrate making sure to get as much mulm as I can. I clean the filter once a week and make sure not to touch bio media. I dose EI at 1/2 strength. I use tap water that I let sit for a few days, to which I add the recommended amount of Prime. I inject co2 at a rate to which my fish are on the verge of death, the plants pearl like crazy. All of this; and I cant see leaves that are only two days old because they are absolutely covered in a thick brown goo...
Does anyone have any advice for me as to what I can do to get through this cycle period? The diatoms are thick, and everywhere. Its getting to the point of which I am no longer able to keep the plants healthy. Before long they will succumb to all sorts of algae as growth slows and they're health begins to decline. If anybody reading this has any sound advice, I would welcome it at this time. I have not asked for help thus far, assuming the answer will be 'new tank syndrome, give it time'.