Greg Posted December 10, 2020 Share Posted December 10, 2020 Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum for a while and have really appreciated all the thoughtful discussions. After decades without a tank, I set one up in April in response to family demand. It's since turned into a personal battle with algae -- fascinating for me, but my wife is not a fan. She wants clear water and beautiful fish, and I haven't provided either. We have just the one tank -- a 16 gallon, crowded with a UV sterilizer and power head to assist the hang-on-back filter. We are getting light (plant 3.0 at max 40% capacity) and phosphates (added with Seachem's Neutral Regulator, removed with Phosguard) under control, fertilizing our few plants with Easy Green to 20 ppm nitrates, and hoping that clarity is not that far away. Lately dealing with a new round of green water and a daily blanket of cyanobacteria. Hoping the UV sterilizer will help, and erythromycin is on the way. We started out with four zebra danios. All are still here, now with a couple otos, three kuhli loaches, two nerites and a handful of other snails from a stowaway. We've lost a few otos, but so far no other fish. Hoping to move some day from setting up this tank to populating it with something that will impress the wife but will not bully or be bullied by our other fish. My original plan was to go with smaller schooling fish, but she's more interested in seeing one or two showcase fish. Would appreciate any thoughts on stocking and whether we should hold off until we have the algae under better control. The picture below was taken almost a month ago, when it seems like we were in better shape. Not a great shot, but hopefully gives you a sense of where we're at. We're running a pH around 7.8 and temperature around 76-77F. Thanks! -Greg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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