Let me first say I am really enjoying the planted tank and the community here is amazingly helpful. So THANKS!
Recently I noticed that the intake on my filter was no longer littered with tiny scraps of...anything. So I took apart the filter and cleaned it. (Magnum 350 canister with filter floss in the basket) But after reassembling everything the outflow was not really much improved.
Since then I have seen my slight to moderate green spot algae become quite heavy on all the rocks. It is not too bad on the glass yet and I try to keep up on scraping it but the plecos and snails seem to be doing a decent job there.
This is probably a stupid question but How essential is good filtration to preventing algae? and How much should I have for a 55 gal
moderately planted tank? What would be the best filter for this situation?
What is the best filter media? My dh beleives we should add carbon back in since we didnt have algae before we removed that. (But so many things have changed that I doubt that was the problem) Would the carbon remove the ferts we are dosing?
Honestly the tank looks beautiful even with all the rocks colored green, I am just still trying to get the balance right. I have had my light timer adjusted to 10 hrs per day for a couple of weeks now and am just today adding a third day of dosing since I gave that a little time to work. But with the filter issues I am not confident with anything anymore.
I know I need to get some test kits now for phoshate and potassium ...anything else?
What are the best test kits? Is there such a thing as a reliable inexpensive one?
Today my paramteres were : AP test kit
These are the same levels that they are always at everytime I test exept the nitrate is a bit lower. I assume from the recent pwc
. I suppose my bioload is still small since my angels are still small...about quarter sized now. The community consists of:
7 Cherry Barbs
8 Lemon Tetras
6 Angelfish (quarter sized currently)
3 BN Plecos (about 2 inches long currently)
4 Cory paleatus
3 Dwarf Frogs
5 ghost shrimp (but I have not seen any in a couple weeks)
black ramshorn snails
We are going to town tomorrow so hopefully I can get a new filter so any suggestions would be helpful.