Week 6 update!
here's a day 1 vs week 6 photo comparison. I have almost a complete carpet now! I added a small red tiger lotus, ludwigia palustris, and two tiny pieces of dhg, all from a 10 gallon that I tore down.
I'm having a HUGE problem with hydra so I'm using a natural treatment I got from BucePlant.com. So far it's working really well.
I have a ton of staghorn and hair algae, as well as a few tiny spots of bba, so I'm using excel to treat that since I can't do water changes this week because of the hydra treatment. ugh
The pest snails are getting on my nerves!!! I suck up as many as I can with the siphon and I'm hoping the hydra treatment/excel might do some damage.
I'm just happy I have a carpet!!!View attachment 539218View attachment 539219
the BBA is only a few pencil tip size spots here and there and I just pull the leaf out. the stag horn and hair algae are taking over the tankI’m amazed at how fast your carpet grew! I’ve found that with BBA it’s best to spot treat the algae with the Excel. Just use a little syringe and it’ll clear in days
its finally been 7 days after hydra treatment and it feels like its been a lifetime! I did a 100% water change and it felt so refreshing. the water I dumped was so gross. I spritzed my staghorn algae and my rocks with diluted peroxide before refilling the tank and I really hope that works because the excel was causing quite a bit of melt on my monte carlo.
Another problem I'm having is that I have no idea how much Nilocg thrive I should be using. I'm having a hard time balancing my ferts, lighting, and co2. Fluctuating co2 might be what caused my algae blooms because I've been playing with it trying to get to the right level.View attachment 540815
Update: My newest problem is cloudy water. I think it might be algae because it was a little green before my last water change but I'm not sure. I did a 100% and within 24 hours it was cloudy again.
I got 2 siamese algae eaters a few days ago and they are eating their fair share of the rent
I did get the staghorn algae under control finally!! I drained the tank and misted it with diluted hydrogen peroxide. Within a couple days it was completely dead! WIN!! I got a tiny bit of browning on my MC but I'm not too worried about that.View attachment 543822View attachment 543827View attachment 543829
I have 3 much larger tanks they can go in when they get older if they have to. Thinking ahead!Don’t worry, the SAEs will go to town in your tank! Just be aware they get kinda aggressive as they get older