Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: LA Mirada, Ca. USA
Up with Val's tank params.
This is in reply to Oblongshrimp's inquiry!
I guess it would help if I gave my aquarium params.
60 gallon acrylic, fluval 404, spray bar, Co2, pressurized,
with reactor, Tom Barr design, Current USA Power Compact
fixtures with SunPac 2 dual daylight design, which is 4 67000k/
10000k white, 4 65w lights. Too much, Huagh!
Tap water 7.8, very high in phosphates, use half filtered water
from LFS, and half tap, to replace half of tank once a week.
Drop checker showing green at all times with about 2.5 bubbles
p.sec. Lights are on 8hrs. with 1hr. break. Ph. 7.6, Nitrites 0,
Ammonia 0, Kh 7, Gh unmeasurable. Can't get the ph down
to 6.8 or 7.0 with Co2 at night reading. Discus fish 3 wilds,
2 domestic. EI dosing. Right now I have staghorn algae
and brown algae throughout. Swords, ludwigia, crypts- wendti,
red, hairgrass, wisteria, anubias nana, bacopa caroliniana, lloydiella
and vals. So I am back to the Vals. I figure if the Vals aren't
growing, then the rest are going to falter also. I live in metro area
of LA, suburban water with high phosphates. I am thinking about a
RO unit. I guess I might have to much light, and causing the algae.
I am thinking about going back to my 2 65 watts set up and see
if Co2, and EI dosing create more of a balance.
Any thoughts for corrections is appreciated!