Until you get plant mass where you want it, it will be a guessing game. If you give it too much light it will take a week to see the algae.. and even then it's dependant on C02 and fertilizer dosing. As long as plants aren't reaching I would stay more on the low end. I wouldn't increase lighting without a commensurate increase in plant mass. Maybe every couple weeks go up 10%? I have C02 coming on at 7am - 5pm and lights from 830 to 5pm. I had to cut it back this week.Thanks! Of course I only show it from the nice angles. It is definitely a work in progress!
Fish seem to be doing well. Now that they have been in the tank for 24 hours they are swimming around more and not letting the flow push them to one corner. So I think I may leave it alone for now.
This afternoon I lowered the photoperiod by about an hour and a half and lowered the intensity of the Current LED lights by 50% across all the spectrums. Does anyone know how I should go about raising it? Wait for the plants to fill in more? Raise it by 10% weekly or something? So far no algae growth of note but I figured I would get in front of it and try to keep it to a minimum.
That's more than Petsmart... the LFS by me that is the only place I will purchase from does Cardinals for $3 and Neons for $1.... and it still adds up fast. Their prices are very good, but they tend to run out of Cardinals, Neons, Rummynose, and many of the popular schoolikg fish days after the order arrives. You are left to either buy.and treat and hope for few losses or wait and maybe pick up 2 or 3 at a time. It's good business for them. They aren't having to always absorb the huge losses. When I saw the Lemon Tetras for $1 it was tough to stick to the plan. I'm headed back today. I know they have no Neons and I'm not buying anymore cardinals or Rummynose... so maybe more Panda Corys?Would you believe that at the LFS near work they had signs for $7.99 PER cardinal and 4.99 PER neon? Good thing that I don't particulary want either. Phew! I couldn't believe it.
My favorite schooler, really shoaler, at the momment is my silvertip tetras. Actually, they pretty much fail at even shoaling unless they are really scared, but they have great personalities and I think they are really pretty.
Thank you! That's all I needed to hear. I am not dealing with plant nibblers.I've heard that Columbian tetras can be nippy and lemon tetras like to nibble on plants. So be careful.
This is something I struggle with as well. Once you make a choice its hard to rehome the fish and try something else. Or you end up with a crazy mish mash of fish. I will say there is a planted tetra tank on YouTube that has pretty much every tetra I know of and it looks pretty cool.I ended up having to order 6 more black phantom tetras. I hope they are all or mostly males. If I get another 6 females I am going to be hella pissed! Also ordered 6 Corydoras concolor and 6 Corydoras loretoensis. They arrive Wednesday.
I am proud of myself for not going crazy getting a million different types of fish for this tank. (though really I could have gone with just one species of Cory). I hope I can stick with it.
That looks killer. I love succulents. I built a 3 tray garden that is along the wall in our backyard with a bunch of different kinds. Looks pretty cool now that it's grown over. I'd love to be able to do that in my yard... but in Fl it's grass... well my yard is covered in some kind of weed / clover thing right now. I need to get the weed killer spread out there and get it cleaned up. Never enough time.Thought some of you gardeners might appreciate my outdoor landscape today.We are just getting into Aloe blooming season. I "rescape" my yard as frequently as my aquariums. Never fully satisfied with how things turn out, always wanting to tweak and remove or move things. Latest victim was an iceplant that got too big. Earlier this year removed a Grevillea that did the same and replaced it with more Aloes and smaller ground covering succulents. A bit more difficult and time consuming to redo the yard but I do it constantly.
Front Garden by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr