I have the tank running now since august. It is an 18" cube tank, 25 gallon, with three CFL bulbs - 23w,23w, and 26w - all are 6500k.
The substrate is Eco complete, my filtration is eheim 2213, pressurized co2, my temp ranges from 77-80, and I do 50% water change once a week.
I have a betta, 2 tetras, 3 sparkling gourami, 2 young altums, and 2 cory.
The lights are on from about 3pm to 9pm and the co2 from 2pm to 9pm.
I dose EI with dry ferts. Dose regime:
3x a week: N - 0.53 gr (I use measuring spoons so this one is the tad 1/4)
3x a week: (but I do two drops one day of that week): Phosphate - 0.033 gr (drop 1/64)
3x a week: potassium - 0.264 gr (dash 1/8
I also add flourish three times a week about half cup full and iron (flourish) two times a week.
I have a lot of algae and the plants seem to die off or barely grow. Snails die in 24 hours from when I add them... When I started the tank I got a lot of snails with the plants and they were multiplying. Then they ALL died off and now when I add a few - they die very quickly.
Also, I got some floaters on Friday and now their roots, that were white and healthy, are now getting brown and short...
The photos were taken right after a water change which is the reason for that crazy pearling. I do not have any pearling in general.
I am obviously doing something really wrong. Please help me fix this.