BadAlgae Posted November 9, 2015 Report Share Posted November 9, 2015 Hi all, This is going to be a journal of my 20 gallon long tank. I've had it set up for about a month and a half now and I'm starting to get it where I want it. That being said, this seems like a good place to track my progress and maybe ask questions along the way if people are willing and able to answer them. So I'm just going to get into it! Equipment: Dimensions: 20 gallon long; 30" x 10.5" x 15.5" Filter: Sun-Sun HW-302 Light: 30" Finnex Planted+ Heater: Via Aqua 100w heater Regulator: Aquatek Premium CO2 regulator In-line CO2 via UP Aqua inline atomizer Photoperiod: 7 hours daily; on/off Dosing: EI dosing Macros: 3/16 KNO3, 1/16 KH2PO4 3x/week Micros:1/32 K2SO4, 1/32 Plantex CSM+B 2x/week 50% water change every week Current algae: Blackbeard or staghorn algae Cladophora. This was the undoing of my last tank and if anyone has any ideas of how to combat it please let me know! Currently the tank looks like this: A few different angles: Apologies for the lacking quality of the images, they're going to be a little rough for a while until I can find better equipment than my older S4 to take pictures with. I had planned on adding shrimp to it this Tuesday from a PRL breeder but unfortunately I had to cancel that buy as I tested my TDS meter arrived today and I discovered that my TDS is too high for what I would feel confident keeping PRLs in. Maybe a less risky CRS to hold me over until I figure things out. Oh, current parameters are below: Ammonia: 0 pH: 6.0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10 Phosphates: 5 kH: 4 GH: 8 (143.2) TDS: 350 As you can see my water isn't the greatest right now because I have been changing it with tap, but I am considering looking into an RO unit. This also means that I will need to buy remineralizer which I am also in the process of doing. Well, that's it for now! Any and all advice, feedback, and input is welcomed! I hope that this is the first of many entries in my journal. I'm going to leave you guys with pictures of what the tank used to look like and hence why I've chosen the username I have Old tank at its best: And at its not so best. To be fair this is after an extended period out of time: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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