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I have four tanks. This tank is in my bedroom room and was thrown together with scraps from another build and some wood covered in moss with what I thought was a bunch of dead Buce from a failed 5 gallon tank. This tank gets nearly no attention. Rarely do water changes and dose PPS-Pro on a inconsistent basis. Although not the prettiest planned out tank in the world but it is growing well with little to no algae. Even the Buce is all bouncing back again.

Yet on the other hand my other tank that I tend to daily, dose EI and never miss a water change is not doing nearly as well. Hence my aggravation. Have tempted to start neglecting my show tank. I love this hobby though. Do others have the same aggravations I do.
 

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Generally you should set up your tanks so the maintenance schedule fits your energy level and lifestyle. High-light tanks that need hours of trimming, testing, dosing, and water changing each week may not be an issue if you're retired and have nothing else to do. But if you work 12 hour days or have a newborn, you'll probably be better off with a crypt and anubias tank.

Off-topic, but what is the round leafed stem in the front left corner?
 

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Ha, yes. My smaller tank has almost no algae since I cut the light back to 6 hours and diffused the LEDs. I only dose it once a week with dry ferts. My bigger tank has continual issues, I'm still trying to get it in balance, and it looks shabby. I feel like I'm nearly there, have improved things with fiddling with height of light off the tank and also diffusing it- but now I think I need to adjust my fert dose. I'm getting tired of cleaning dying leaves and algae out of the tank each week and want it to be hassle free like the other one. But I just haven't got it right yet. So I feel your frustration.
 

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What are the lights you have on both tanks? More light means a lot more work and failure to do the work can lead to big problems.
The small 10g has 2 20' Planted+ and the 26g Bow front has a 24" BML 10K dimmed to 65% with a Reefkeeper. Not that I am having any major issues, I just find it ironic that the tank I neglect seems to do better. Just and observation I made the other day.

Bump: .Off-topic, but what is the round leafed stem in the front left corner?[/QUOTE]

It is Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'. I love this plant.
 
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