I bought all my equipment and all for my mini s and it came out to be nothing but trouble and algae because I didn't know much. I have some questions that I'm pretty sure most could easily answer I just don't have experience with these things. Heres my setup first and water parameters- should cover any questions your guys/gals have
Ada pressurized co2 with a pollen diffuser
eheim 2211 with ada intake and out flow
rootmedic root caps and micro/macro liquid
tap water has a kh of around 12 and gh 0, ph of 7.6-7.8, tds of 440( I do have a ro unit that I use for my wild discus tank)
I also have a nano drop checker coming in the mail with a new diffuser.
Anything that I have missing?
My biggest problem with the tank was that everything was well for around a month and then nothing but algae grew, so much that it seemed to be slowing my carpeting plants growth.
I know since my tank isn't setup yet you guys can't tell me much of what I'm doing wrong but I do have the substrate layed out in a simple valley and I will add rocks for hardscape tomorrow. I hope to only have some hc covering the substrate and something like ug or the such in the very back.
First off, how do I keep my hoses clean.. I always had and still have lots of brown gunk inside them and even if I clean filter pipes the hoses are still all brown and its almost pointless. How do you keep the glass right along substrate clean? I would always try to use napkin and hand and it would just disturb the substrate and make a mess.
If anyone has any "beginner advice" I would love to hear it... Ive read things here and there like " no ferts need to be added for some time after startup" and what not and I don't know whats right and/or wrong.
Thanks guys and sorry for the article.
Also Ive read the beginners section but its hard to find specific things so please don't suggest I read the beginners section lol I most certainly have already given myself headaches reading it already