Is there a happy medium between Walstad type & high Co2 + high light?
Hello and thank you for all the information on this website.
It seems the more I read, the more confused I get.
My 55g planted tank did great with the juice bottle/yeast/sugar Co2 method but I got tired of doing the sterilization, etc. every month so went to a commerical biogenerator for 'up to' 30g tanks.
There is some algae on the plants: some black and also some very fine stuff.
I have more plants coming because I thought maybe I didn't have enough plants.
hard, alkaline limestone well water
2 X 65w SmartPaq 10,000k/460nm (don't even know what this means!)
Co2 biogenerator for up to 30g tank
Eheim Professional II canister filter
Maxi-Jet 400 Power Head 106 G.P.H. w/sponge filter for floaters
lots of surface agitation for my fishies
about 1.5 inches of regular gravel (have smaller gravel but never did the change-out)
33% weekly water change unless neglected (ah, summer and the great outdoors) and this is when it all goes downhill and I panic and do 33% water changes 3 or more times a week for a couple weeks
dosing 3X per week:
1.5 capfulls Flourish Potassium
1 capfull Flourish Iron
1 capfull Flourish Excel
1 capfull micronutrient including iron and b1 and manganese and other stuff
I guess right now the plants are around 15% of the tank:
Anubia (this has the black stuff that the Platys are now cleaning off)
Clover (not doing well)
others can't remember the name
1 clown loach
1 other fish similar to clown loach but black and white
1 snakey thing
1 Demekin goldfish (I know, I know)
Sorry I can't remember the names of some of those.
I guess I'm low light? But with low Co2?
I think I leave my lights on way too much but I just love looking at those fish and plants! Sometimes 12 hours a day because if I'm up late, I keep the light on. I know. I know. But what's the point if you can't enjoy the view?
Anyway, if anybody else has a similar setup, I could use some guidelines. Or if anybody can advise me on what to reduce or step-up. I don't want to get into a Co2 tank and regulator and all that stuff right now though I might get one of those automated Co2 systems in the future.
The goal for me is to look at pretty plants and fish. Don't care about awesome growth but don't want a bunch of ugly algae covering everything either.
Is this possible?