After looking through all the beautiful planted tanks that people have, I have to say I'm a little embarrassed to share pictures of ours! But I'm going to have to, because I could use some help..
About a year ago now we started a planted tank in a 20G long planted tank filled with 3 inches of black flourite substrate. We had a horrible light system ( my husband built one for the tank with 4 regular curly daylight bulbs ). Yes I know it sucks, but it's all we had for the time being. Anyway, things weren't working out in there at all. Constant algae blooms and I could not get rid of the diatom algae. So a few months later we transplanted everything into a 75 bow front.
Everything is currently in the 75 now. For substrate we actually have potting soil topped with a couple inches of regular river rock. For lighting we were using 3 T5 bulbs and this weekend just switched over to LED
. Also have 2-2L pop bottles for c02. PH in both tanks has stayed the same and has been fairly high (7.6+) But this has more to do with our city water as it's pretty hard water. I can honestly say I've never tested for Nitrates and other recommended things. If I do and they are low/high - how do I change that?
The plants are doing OK, but they're not thriving either. Every now and then they will look great (perky and green) but then we will get a nasty bloom of diatom algae that just won't seem to go away. Could definitely use some advice, please!
I use flourish fertalizer in the tank a couple times a week.