Most of you probably don't remember me as I have never been very active on this site. Almost a year ago I started a thread on a 50 gallon tank I had started and here is an update on where I am now. I'll start off with a picture shortly after I added fish.
...and one from October (sorry about the bad reflections)
...and here's a recent one.
My fish have been largely healthy, although I did lose 3 of the gourami I had brought over from a previous tank but they lasted a good 3 years. Presently, my red-tailed shark is approaching 5 years.
The biggest issue I have had has been with plants. They have grown as you can see, but old leaves always die off. I have tried to get them healthier but failed. First I started dosing Flourish, but no success. Then I tried CO2 on separate occasions, but stopped since I never saw a difference. A month ago I began using Excel, which seemed very promising since most algae died off of the plants but old plant leaves remain deficient. I believe it may simply be nutrient imbalance, possibly with potassium so I have begun dosing it recently so I have my hopes up. Here's some plant pics before trimming.
The plant situation has been frustrating, but thankfully my fish are healthy. If time permits, I shall keep updating. Few more pics!