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TheWizard

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Hello everyone! I've been into planted tanks for a year or two, and have recently begun to take things more seriously, so I'm here to learn. Currently battling algae on older leaves, and GDA on my glass. Aiming to dial things in and better monitor conditions to have a more algae free tank. The tank currently contains an amazon sword, creeping Jenny, Hygrophila Polysperma Sunset, wisteria, and flame moss.

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Dman

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Us newbs have to stick together and learn! Pics of your tank?

Its a mess right now and will be changing things over the next while. Its not your normal planted tank but rather a mash of DIY and plants that I through together. The waterfall is functional though which is what I centered everything around.

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Have pics of yours?

Dan
 

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Hi and welcome.
How are you CO2 levels? And what do you do for dosing?
 

TheWizard

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Need to take some new pics! Rajkm my CO2 is cranked up until just below making the fish gasp. Currently in the process of trying to limit my light.
 

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i usually dont like tanks with tigerbarbs but i think you hit the nail on the head so far. Would put some vallisneria sp. in the back.or giant hairgrass
 

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Tiger barbs are one of my favorite fish. It's the rosy barbs the are eating everything :/ I've been debating on what to add to the back, thinking of getting rid of my Madagascar lace to add some stem. Plants there.
 

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I always thought that a slope idea in a big tank like that with a different plant say every half a foot would look interesting. just an idea
 
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Most aquarist think they have good CO2, I used to be one of them.
I am pushing 3x more CO2 than when I started.
Slowly up your CO2, like a quarter turn on the needle valve, let fish adapt, then go next quarter, if fish appear stressed, increase a little surface agitation and see if it helps, if not lower CO2 by 1/8th.
Good O2 is just as necessary, so adding surface agitation, and dialing in CO2 accordingly will help you get to the right balance.