Losing my mind
I am going to lose my mind. Maybe someone could help me out. I guess I am not smarter than the plants in my tank. I have my pressurized co2 up and running. Fixed the leak and it seems to be doing well. I have been dosing traces every other day. I made a solution of 6 tsp of CSM + B in 500 ml of distilled water. I have been putting in 10 ml of this solution every other day. The other days I have been adding 30 ml of two solutions. One is 6 tsp of KNO3 in 500 ml of water and the other is 3 tsp of KH2PO4 in 500 ml of water.
I have been doing this for one week now. I know that I should give it more time, but the algae is getting much worse already. The plants are growing so that is a good thing. I even saw a few pearling today I believe. But the algae thing is what concerns me.
The co2 controller reads 6.9 ph my test reads 7.0. My KH is steady at 6. This gives me what seems like about 18 to 22 ppm of co2. Should I up the co2? Turn the controller to 6.8 or 6.7? I will start dosing dry measures of the ferts as soon as I use up the solutions I have made up. Or do you think that I should just chuck them and start dosing dry measures now?
My tank is a 75 gallon with about 68 actual gallons of water. Eco complete for a substrate. Pressurized co2 with a controller set at 6.9 ph. I have many plants in there right now. I won't claim to know all of them but there are some fast growers in there. The lights are a 2 x 110 watt from AHSupply and I just added a 2 x 32 watt t8 shoplight on Monday. This puts me at about 2.3 wpg. Would the increased light have a sudden effect on the algae? Water parameters are as follows:
GH : 11
KH : 6
PH : 7.0
PO4 : 5
NO2 : 0
NO3 : 40
NH3 : 0
Any guidance would surely be appreciated. I am trying to get all this ironed out. I am just really struggling for some reason. Thank you.