Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southern wisconsin
Reviving a neglected tank without starting over?
So...it's been awhile since I've done any maintenance on my tank. And by that I mean, for the last 6 to 9 months all I've done is feed the fish and top off the water. Somehow, the fish seem happy and the plants are all alive...but it's a choked with algae, unkempt, and just not at all the way it should be.
I think it hasn't been a total failure because the light isn't too strong, and when the co2 ran out at the beginning of the "no maintenance phase", I also stopped fertilizing. It was never a high tech tank to begin with, but the plants were mostly healthy and dense. It was, and still is, mostly dominated by crypts.
Probably not worth posting a photo, but if that would help I can upload some. Just your average weedy, algae choked tank. Healthy looking in a very natural way. Like a swamp. None of the algae are the kind that are difficult to eradicate, at least in my limited experience with low to medium tech.
So I guess my question is this: to restore the tank back to a more presentable state so I need to tear it down and start over, or is it better off to work with what I have? I'm not necessarily interested in aquascaping, or quick results, just looking to get it cleaned up and lush again. Also keep in mind that I have several geriatric fish to consider.
Any advice would be appreciated - thanks!
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