Good evening folks,
Have a quick question. I have recently "converted" my 55 Gal "fish only algae farm" to a "Planted and fish" setup (going on 1 month now). (Having early success due in HUGE part to this forum!!!)
Anyway, I currently have epoxy coated brown gravel from LFS (bought before I "knew anything"...
) but will be changing that out for Eco Complete as soon as I can. Was wondering if I should stop gravel vacuuming it.
I am running 130W 6700K CF Lights, DIY CO2, numerous Swords, Ludwigia, and bacopa, and am seeing NICE growth and pearling. However, old habits die hard! I have always vacuumed the gravel (python) every week during water changes but have read that the mulm is really a bonus for the plants. Should I just siphon from the water column instead?
Also, when should I start fertilizing? I am a little hesitant about the ferts since the last time I tried it I had a MASSIVE algae problem. I know now that it was because I only had 80W NO Fluoresents and no nutrient rich "goodies" in the substrate. I have since mixed in Laterite to the gravel.
Any help/suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I LOVE THIS SITE! You folks really seem to know your "stuff" and care.
As always, THANKS!