Originally Posted by TheAngryAadvark
Tank Dimensions : 60l x 43h x 35w cm around 20-25 gallons
Fish Load : 1 VT Betta "Rojo" :P
Substrate : ADA Power Sand , ADA Amazonia 2
Fertilizer : Ferropol liquid dosing as on the bottle
Filter :Power Head with carbon and sponge, last cleaned a month ago I think
I think it's the duration that screwed the balance i would put it on at 7 in the morning to 8 at night now it's till 6. thing is the plants you see on the right surrounding that red plant aren't doing well ,their leaves are somewhat shrivelled.
If you could name the plants for me I'd be very grateful Byron so I can understand how to take care of them and the LFS has no idea what plants they bring in , although they are well stocke
You haven't indicated the light intensity, which I can probably conclude if I know the type, number of tubes (assuming fluorescent) and watts. The info printed on one end of the tube might help. Duration might be better less, but here one has to find the balance with the nutrients and I'll need to know about the light.
The one thing that bothers me here is the liquid fertilizer. On their website [assuming this is JBL Ferropol] it does not give all the nutrients included, but does mention iron and potassium. Iron can be a problem, as I've written elsewhere. And iron does or can cause algae. Their claim that using this product will reduce algae is a bit skeptical. There are nutrients in the substrate too, and likely iron is included. Keeping a proportional balance among nutrients is important, which is why I recommend a complete balanced product like Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive or Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti. Have you been using their (JBL's) iron test that they mention in their blurb on this product, and if so, what numbers are you getting?
Don't replace the carbon in the filter; carbon will also remove essential nutrients in planted tanks. If you can physically remove it, fine, but if not due to the filter design, leaving it there (just rinse with each water change to remove suspended matter from the media) will be OK, it will become inert in time by adsorbing substances to the max.
You need some floating plants. This will be much appreciated by the Betta, plus it will shade the tank and help with the light. To ID the plants, left to right, as best I can from the photo:
Lower left corner, not sure, maybe a sword
Behind is a crypt with reddish underleaves
Background is akin to Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) or Water hedge (Didiplis diandra)
Large dark leaf in front of that is Anubias
Small plants to the right of Anubias look like Sagittaria
Centre plant in back is a sword (Echinodorus bleherae or E. amazonicus likely)
Right of that the green stem, not sure
Reddish stem I think is Ludwigia
Carpet plant in front I can't see well enough, might be a Hemianthus