First let me apologize for the length of this post. I have been lurking around here kind of silently for the past few months just reading a lot and doing research and now I think I have figured out enough (undoubtedly I'm wrong) to write this post and solicit comments. I have been keeping a lightly planted 10 USG tank for about a year with marginal success. What I have learned is:
1) DIY CO2 (yeast/sugar) works and is simple but still a hassle
2) Feeding for optimal fish growth combined with PH fluctuation
due to DIY CO2 inject will lead to an algae problem if you are
not religious with your H2O change regiment
3) Fish waste is not a substitute for fertilizers
4) A short bath in a weak bleach solution will remove most algae’s
but it can be hard on the plants.
5) LFS in my area sell aquarium plants but know very little about
the requirements of the plants they sell or how to properly care for them.
6) You could fill football stadiums with the volumes of information that are
available on the internet. Most of it is like anything else you read, half
way thought-out (kind of like this post) and confusing to the rookie.
7) I enjoy this hobby even though it’s successes and failures would chart
Like the EKG of someone having a myocardial infarction.
10 USG Tank
(2) 13 Watt 5500K Fluorecents (2.6 watts per gallon) Lights on 10-12 hrs. per day
Carib-Sea Eco-Complete Substrate
Use substrate fert tabs such as Flourish Tabs
Dose with the following liquid ferts per the manufacturer:
SeaChem Flourish Excel
SeaChem Flourish Iron
3 Crypt Wendtii
2 Crypt Spiralis
1 Java Fern (Center Piece on driftwood)
1 Anubias (Barteri or Nana)
2 Jungle Vallisneria
1 Java Moss (Ground Cover)
Weekly 30% water changes
Don’t have a clue... 2-3 of one species
Loach of some sort
Any suggestions, corrections, ideas and/or comments would be MUCH appreciated
“Standard disclaimer – the above is merely my opinion and is not intended to be fact or a description of how anything should or should not be done.”