Life expectancy of a planted tank
I have been in this hobby for 10+ years. There is one unexplained, repeating problem that always baffles me. For some reason, I can not keep a high tech tank healthy for longer than 2 or 3 years. For the 1st half year to one year, things normally go well. Plants are healthy, little algae problem, eco system functioning well. But it always starts to go down hill after 1.5 or 2 years. Probably due to depleted nutrition in the substrate? Or the aging of the plants? I always start to have algae issues at about 1.5 years, and then other problems start to occur.
So, my question is, what is the reasonable life expectancy of a high tech planted tank? Is it true the only way is to re-scape the whole thing every 2 years?
I'm planning on a test scape that uses a large quantity of sand and a small amount of aqua soil and a small amount of rooted plants. Will that give me a better chance to have an aquascape that lasts longer?
Hey, it's me, CrazyCory. I have to start fresh because I cannot get in my account.