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so guys i have a 40 gallon planted tank and i wanted to know if iam doing everything right and provide any advice
tank size 40 gallon
lighting: 4x 14 w t5 + 2x 27 w spiral cfl + 1x 14 w led all rated at 6500k with diy reflector with chrome tape with an 24w rgb led cheap chinese led strip
filtration: diy external canister filter with a 25 l watercan run with a sunsun hqb 2000( @ 1400l/h) pump
filter media: seachem matrix 700ml + ceramic ring 1 kg+ aqua clay ball 2kg+ filter pads and floss+ inline purigen reactor(250 ml)
co2 : ista max mix large co2 reactor paired with 2 , 2l yeast co2 bottle
water circullation : 600l/h powerhead inside tank

substrate: river sand with layer of osmocote plus beneath it
fert: diy dry powder macro and micro mix( dont know what percentage got it from ebay)
water treatment with seachem safe
plants: - anubias nana, barteri
micraenthum mat(monte carlo)
ricia mat
ludwigia
hygrofilla dysformis
vals jungle & spiral
swords
java moss, christmas moss( not doing well)
bacopa caroliana
and few other dont know names
stocking- neon x11
red eye x11
blood fin x4
saex2
common pleco young x1
mountian minow x4
guppy x4
checkered rainbow x2
rcs aprox 8 with lot of juvinels
ghost x5 with lot of juvinels
malaya shrimp x2
assasin snail x 4 with lot of baby
drift wood present

alge problems: have thread alge which i remove with brush
water temp: 26 c with pc fan running over top of tank
diy auto water top off system

i need advice weather iam doing everything properly and any suggestions :hail::help:
 

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Your lighting sounds like it's a bit of a mess... Why so many random fixtures?

Honestly, I'd think you'd only really need the 4 T5s. Especially if you're only using DIY CO2 and fairly undemanding plants.
 

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the pearling in ricia mat is a bit better with the led

should i remove the leds?

and btw this is the tank






if you can see the christmas moss is not doing that great its been a month since i got them , they are giving away tiny new green leaves but extremely slow rate
 

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Great looking tank. Looks like you're obviously doing something right.

I'm not sure about christmas moss, I always thought it was just one of the slower growing mosses. Don't quote me on that though.

Honestly, if you're happy with the way the tank is running and the moss is your only problem, I'd personally just leave things as they are and enjoy.
 

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oh cool then , il just leave everything as it is and hope the moss grows :D
any suggestions to improve the aquascape?
Honestly, I like your scape a lot... You have a sense of depth, you have interesting components to the scape, and overall it just looks nice... It's not competition or magazine-level innovation, but most home aquariums aren't and it's usually unrealistic to expect them to be...

If anything in particular bugs you or feels lacking, I'd be happy to lend my input on possible solutions, but personally I'd be happy to have your tank in my living room... I think people in this hobby tend to get caught up in achieving an idealized unrealistic perfection.

If you like the way the tank looks, you're proud of it, and it keeps you motivated and inspired, then you've basically perfected it. Maybe down the road you'll have to redo it, or you'll start a new tank, and you can build from that... But if you're happy and it works, enjoy what you've earned.

If anything, MAYBE find a way to hide your in-tank equipment... That would be the only eye-sore I could pick out.
 

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are your riccia clumps all secured with string? Do you find they tend to float and go all over the place?
yes the ricia are tied down using thread to tile pieces
they don't float unless i do some trimming , i usually switch off the filters during trimming and keep a gravel cleaner close to the trimming part so they get sucked right in and few bits which are floating are manually removed
 
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