Okay, it's time to settle in to getting all the "Current" plants in my 125G growing, getting rid of all Algae in the tank, getting Co2 straight, and getting to dosing.
I recieved my "Rex Grigg" reactor today and installed it, along with ferts, and needle valve.
Other than not being able to locate some shrimp and 3 Oto cats, I seem to have yet to lose a fish in the 125 (
). This is a far cry better than what was going on in the 46 Gallon.
So, now I need to get this tank under control and here is what I have:
1.) 3 x 96W (2x96W on one side that is an off brand after market, but it actually seems to function decent and 1x96 Current USA on the other side) set at 6 Hours per day. The schedule is 9AM to 12PM and 9:30PM to 12:30AM due to my work schedule and wanting to see the tank lit up when I get home. The tank gets relatively little, if any, natural sunlight during the day due to blinds.
2.) Pressurized Co2 using a full Rex Grigg Setup combined with a Milwaukee SMS 122 Controller. Base PH of tap water is around 7.6/7.8, and I currently have the SMS 122 set at 6.5. I lowered this slowly testing it with the fish.
3.) I have a full set of Ferts from rex grigg. After testing with a strip (I know, not the best) I went ahead and dosed roughly 29.9PPM of Nitrates to the tank (since I can't get it to read anything and I had the same issue with all my test kits.).
Now, I have no idea what to dose the other ferts, nor how to test for them. I do have a Red Sea test kit which includes an iron test, but that is it for the other ferts. My other test kit is an API which doesn't include Iron, etc...
The plants in the tank are: (if my memory serves me well)
Hornwort (temporary to help use up excess trace elements and outcompete algae)
1 - Lilly from bulb at walmart
Sword Plant (can't remember type, but not Amazon).
1 - Unidintified plant but believe it is possible a rotala (will post pictures another time and find out).
So, all advice welcome now.
Please note, most of these plants are probable somewhat "Temporary". I'm using them to primarily stabilize the tank and then will be changing them out one at a time as I better lay out the tank.
125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort