Join Date: May 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Newbie trying to figure it all out!
Been wandering through this forum for a while...registered at the AC first to make sure my fish knowledge was up to speed to keep em healthy!
I inherited a grossly over-populated, neglected tank. After getting the tank healthy and increasing my knowledge of the inhabitants...I decided to add flora to improve their environment and help the fishes be happier! Little did I know, that not only does the addition of flora make the tank look cooler, but it actually makes the tank healthier...after that, I was hooked!
Here are my tank/water parameters:
Whisper 30 and AC 70 running tandem
100 W heater
Temp 79 F
pH - 7.4
GH - 6
KH - 4-5
Ammonia - 0 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 12.5 - 25 ppm
water changes done with RO/tap mix (2 to 1 respectively) - 20% Thu...50% Sun
substrate mix eco-complete and decorative gravel
2 Nova Extreme T5O 30" 2x24 W fixtures (10000k and 6500k)
--Total wattage 96 = about 3.3 W/gal duration; 9 hrs/day
Fluval 88 pressurized CO2, 2-3 bps
Amazon Sword (flowering)
Cabomba - i think
Balansae - i think
--to be honest, I just picked plants because I thought they were cool...such a noob!
I am using the Seachem ferts, for now, according to their instruction:
Flourish N - 1/2 cap (2.5 mL) twice a week
Flourish P - 3/4 cap (about 4 mL) once a week
Flourish Trace - 3/4 (about 4 mL) cap twice a week
For the fish - VitaChem, per instruction on bottle
CLEAN UP CREW
1 oto (his buddy went down, getting a new one on Thur)
2 TRUE SAE...gotta a good lfs and researched here!
1 mini pleco looking guy, cant remember his name
Like all of us, ALGAE!
Specifically, BBA and fuzz
Now, I have been researching this and trying to figure it out...but I can't seem to get it right. What is missing from my equation?
I'm not infested with it...my fish are loving me, but my flora are a little wanting
I am trying to figure out HOW to grow the plants effectively, but cant seem to find the way!
PS - Sorry for the long post, but I figured I should give you as much info as I could, to get the best results!