Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Thinking about restarting my tank - advice?
My 29 gallon tank (see my signature for pictures of when it looked good) has been declining rapidly for the last few months. There are huge problems with brown algae/diatoms, plants dying, plants losing leaves, and brown murky water. I use purigen in one filter but it is used up quickly and is probably going bad. It has been regenerated 5 times.
The filters are two Penguin 200 biowheel filters. I clean one of them every few weeks. The livestock are 20+ swordtails of all ages, 5 cory cats, 3 oto cats, and numerous bladder snails. The hardscape is 3 pieces of driftwood and some rocks. The substrate is Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix (1.5"), covered by 1.5" of flourite and black sand. I would like to reuse the flourite and sand by washing it thoroughly. The lighting is a Zoomed 2 bulb T5HO light. The bulbs are old (which may be one of my problems).
The plants are two large Amazon swords, some Wisteria, Jungle Val,
and a few crypts.
I have two 5 gallon buckets I can use to store the fish and plants. I could rig up some way of suspending the filters over the bucket. I am going to keep the plants and plant them in flourite/sand and possibly ad root tabs.
I would like to keep this entire project as low/no budget as possible. How do I proceed?
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