Hey dudes, been into planted tanks for years now. I've had a couple of threads on here about them so I thought I better start enough one!
Had my dream tank setup.
4x2x2 with 2x54 t5ho's.
Dirt capped with pool filter sand.
Moderate stocking and very minimal water change. But it sprang a fairly serious leak. So in an effort not to lose all my plants I bought a 55gal and sorta rushed it.
The sand is wrong, and I put it together in a very short amount of time. It has root tabs, but I think maybe the sand is 2 fine for them to have enough effect. Ideally I should tear it apart and put pool filter sand in, but I'm lazy so eh.
I chucked everything out of the big tank in it with 2 x 3ft t8's I had left over from my first tank
Everything was good for about 6 months, but then the heater died, lost everything but my featherfin. Thankfully as he is my fav. This is where I stuffed up. I restocked some tetra's and a few cories but life got in the way and it crashed quite badly. I've got it nearly back up to stock but the damage has already been done. Have all kinds of algae and bad vibes. This brings us to the present. I have a much better paying job now so I've gone hard at it.
This is how it looked at its best!
I don't have a today's photo but will add soon.
I sorta have had the bug bite so I've stocked right back up over the last months and purchased some ferts and a new light.!
I bought a micro macro mix from some website that I intend to dose twice a week to begin with. I'll just see how it goes basically with that. I'm aiming for fortnightly water changes of 2 buckets.
I bought a satellite pro plus purely because I'm stupidly impulsive, I realize it's over kill and j should have gone with the planted plus but I just fell in love. Plus I love the idea of being able to wind it back and run it for longer.
Basically I'm going to double the plant load, increase the fish a little and go for the forest look, which is my love with these tanks.
This will probably just be a journey of algae and broken dreams but we will see.
i apologise for the bad camera phone photo's, ill ad some decent ones to the post when i get onto my laptop later.