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I decided to restart my 35 gal tank after having it set up for almost 2 years as a dirt substrate tank. I had some issues with blue/green algae for some of the time and decided to start fresh. I'm not sure what condition caused the blue/green algae (maybe the organics of the dirt.. still not sure as I attempted to alter all aspects of tank, but I've moved on and have had no issues yet).

I decided to change to fluorite as the substrate, about 3-4 inches deep with iron tablets distributed throughout.

I have kept the same strip light set-up, but have added two CF flood lights. Its a cheap and effective set-up that I have had a lot of success with in the past with smaller tanks. I researched PAR for various lights and have found a combination of two bulbs that works very well.

I fertilize using EI and have two DIY CO2 set-ups (one into a shot glass, one into a pump to distribute the bubbles).

This tank has been set up for about 3 weeks now, and I've seen awesome growth so far. It is very heavily planted, and I have not seen any algae growth at all, even with the high lighting.

My anacharis grows about a quarter inch every day, the cabomba about the same. The melon swords sprout a new leaf every other day. The jungle val sprout a new leaf every other day as well (and the current leafs have grown about 5 inches the last couple of weeks).

I used to garden with my nanny growing up, and we always designed the beds randomly and with a sense of "disorganization". I love that style and design my tanks the same way. I like the look and feel of over-crowded plants, as it would seem in nature. Tanks that follow landscaping "rules" look just as great to me, though!

fish include 4 Chinese algae eaters, 6 white skirt tetras, two dwarf guoramis.
 

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Really pretty tank! :proud:


I decided to change to fluorite as the substrate, about 3-4 inches deep with iron tablets distributed throughout.

I thought Flourite was heavy in iron already. No?
 

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Really pretty tank! :proud:


I decided to change to fluorite as the substrate, about 3-4 inches deep with iron tablets distributed throughout.

I thought Flourite was heavy in iron already. No?
Thanks!! I made an error- I put root tabs throughout (which contain other macronutrients as well as iron). The root dominant plants are really loving it ! But yes, fluorite is a clay compound with iron in it.
 

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Only one week since my last post on this tank and my tank is already in need of another trimming (I trimmed two days after the last post 2/17/16). The jungle val has grown another several inches. Each sagittaria has shot off a few runners and some are flowering above the surface. Swords continue to sprout new leaves every other day. Wisteria almost shade out the entire left side of the tank they are growing so fast. The chinese algae eaters have grown fairly large in a matter of a week as well!

Can anyone identify the eggs on the sword leaf?
 

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