Happy New Year to all. I found this site after stepping up my interest in my aquarium.
My background is all science. Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering. Suffice to say the terminology and biological/chemical knowledge is a given. I have been interested in aquaria for 15 years, but only recently got into plant specific aquaria and the cultivation of plants. I only recently moved into a townhouse I actually own, the previous time I was renting, so I suppose that there was always a bit of hesitation to fully commit, especially if forced to move.
But not now. I have a 125 gallon tank (48l x 24w x 24d) that is to me, small. Could be bigger but oh well. I use a single Eheim 2217 filter, one 300 watt heater (the lights add enough) and a 10lb CO2 canister that has 2 bubbles per second. Light is 4 40w Powerglow lights.
I am yearning to get a tank like the Amano ones. I want Riccia to bubble, and the plants to flourish, but it has only been a month and my tank seems worse.
Algae is rampant. If I use one less light, then there seems no photosynthesis. Add one more (for 5) and the plants do better but algae is rampant. I change water (from the tap) once a week 30 gallons. No luck yet. Nothing seems to grow well yet. I am upset some find it so easy when I have all the ingredients but it is not working. Some plants are doing well (Aponegeton Crispus, Anubius sp.) but eventually black fur algae gets to it.
I try to limit the fertilizer hoping to limit the algae, we will see. I am very frustrated to have invested almost $700 into the tank to make it plant specific only to find it makes no difference.
Any encouragement or ideas would be nice. I have not discounted the idea of tearing the entire tank down and starting anew. Maybe bad substrate, but right now, nothing is out of possibility.
Water hardness is good, pH is 6.2, but neither the fish or plants seem bad. I am really trying to get rid of the algae. I am trying to start here first.
I look forward to many more posts.