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75 gallon high tech planted tank journal

I wanted to create this thread to track the progress of my planted tank and get some help on any problems I am experiencing.
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ammonia-0
nitrite-0
nitrate-50ppm
co2 drop checker is constantly kept at greenish yellow
am using EI dosing
I have been experiencing quite a bit of algae primarily on the plants. I believe it is blue green algae im not sure how to get rid of it. any suggestions?
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Is the tank pretty new? It can be difficult to get a new tank really humming and balanced. What substrate is that? I've had similar issues with my 75 gallon but as the tank ages and root systems become more mature, the plants look better, grow faster/fuller, and algae tends to become less problematic despite all measurable parameters being in acceptable ranges


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Yes the tank is fairly new. It has been running for about a week and a half now. I cycled it with filter media from another tank I had. For the substrate I have an inch of dirt capped by black diamond blasting abrasive. I also put fertilizers into the substrate and dose with the EI method. I will continue to update pictures as the tank grows in.

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I have an Odyssea 48" t5 ho fixture. I am running all 4 bulbs 6500k for 6 hours a day, with a total of 216w. i haven't noticed much growth yet and I have been able to keep the algae away by doing smaller more frequent water changes and spot cleaning the blue green algae off the plants. I am trying to get a very nice display tank like so many others have accomplished on this forum. Any suggestions and tips are much appreciated.
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Adding more plants will help the algae problems, though it's pretty normal to have some algae at first until the plants establish themselves. You're pretty lightly planted, and while they'll start spreading soon, it's a pretty aggressive fert and light routine for how many plants you have right now.
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I agree with noseprint that you need more plants. In the meantime keep up the small frequent water changes. Algae doesnt like water changes.


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You need more plants if you are starting out high tech


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+1. It may look like a decent amount of plants. But if you can still see substrate or back glass you need more lol.


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Thanks everyone I will be getting more plants today or tomorrow. I also did another water change today to keep the algae away, will post when I have the new plants in. Also I have a water flow question, should the plants be swaying a lot, because when they do it seems like they block light to my other plants.
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Hey everyone quick update. So I added a couple more plants, still not as many as I would like but the tank still needs a lot of work. I have pictures of my hygro and pygmy chain sword plant which aren't doing to well. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on to why. Is this typical melting or is it some sort of nutrient deficiency. The plants have been in the tank for about 2+ weeks and I am dosing a reduced EI. I also have some full tank shots. Also don't mind the water color it has a lot of tanins right now. It should clear up with my water change tomorrow.
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rescapeing tomorrow! Got some more plants and some nice diftwood and sieryu stones.
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I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on to why. Is this typical melting or is it some sort of nutrient deficiency. The plants have been in the tank for about 2+ weeks and I am dosing a reduced EI.
How "reduced" is it? Im no deficiency expert like some around here, so this is pure speculation, the hygro looks macro deficient, old leaves being sacrificed to feed the new. Can you test for nitrates or phosphates? The holes in the pigmy chain look mechanical, ie something eating it.


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Not very reduced I am dosing very close to the recommended dose for a 75 gallon tank. I don't think anything is eating the pygmy chain sword could my Siamese algae eaters be doing it? I've never seen them eating any other plants before.

Bump: I could also test nitrates I will do that now and get back to you. I dont have a phosphate test though.
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