Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Greater Seattle, WA
Back to Planted Tank Basics with 60p - questions
I want to go back to basics on planted tanks and ask some questions.
My ADA 60p has been set up for about 2 years, and has gone through periods of success with an HC carpet, then Blyxa, and now it is in the process of being rescaped and replanted again with some manzanita in addition to the preexisting Seiryu stone. Between short periods of sucess, i run into sickly plant growth and algae. I dose Brighty K and green something step 2.. Daily as per bottle directions.. 50% WC each week. Am I dosing enough stuff? Give me all the suggestions you got!! I want this tank to thrive all the time not just survive.
My questions are: I consistently run into small algae growth on leaves and rocks, even when I have high plant mass. Inadequate amount of CO2? 2 x 24w t5ho too much light? (1 bulb looks so... Not high light).
My next question is, are my parameters and setup/maintenance adequate for soft water plants? Ie syngonanthus, etc?
I am adding a drop checker this week... I have a little bit of surface break from added submersible, but never know if it is possible to have too much co2 (besides gassing the fish)?
I WC with tap, ph 7.6, GH 2, kh 1-2.. Similar to my tank params.
Thanks!!! Sorry so many random questions!
Here are most recent water parameters:
Tested pH with "High range" kit: 7.4
Normal API kit: 7.6
- 2-3" aquasoil NEW type
- Catalina 24w x 2 T5HO
- Hydor inline heater
- 5lb CO2 w/ ok regulator (keeps a steady bps) and solenoid
- Eheim 2215 with Lily pipe outflow (totally not enough flow for this tank)
- additional 80 gph submersible for more flow hidden in rear corner
Clean Filter, Trim Plants, Change Water, Dose Fertz, Feed Fish, Repeat!