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post #16 of 69 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 07:06 PM
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You can, by all means, do PWC. I'm just stating that you can do it just about any way you want. There is a lot of gray in the hobby despite what you may hear.

The bacteria colony you are growing does not live in open water, so water changes really only affect their food source.
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post #17 of 69 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Well gees I spoke too soon literally happened overnight. Gonna dose it one more time to make sure it 0's out.
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This is my tank today. Grabbed some newer more porous sponge prefilters for the intake. Removed the bubble wand crap and changed it to two smaller sand stone bubblers set in the back corners. Got a couple bunches of wisteria and I don't know the plant in the far right next to the anubias. I also filled the water level up to the brim, about a couple millimeters from overflowing.
The plant next to your anubias is anacharis.
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The plant next to your anubias is anacharis.
Ah. Thank you very much. I will add it to my spreadsheet that I've been keeping on my tank keeping. Looks like ammonia levels and nitrite levels are going down accordingly. I added some ammonia the night before to make sure its completely cycled. One thing im worried about is my PH level is at the highest it can go on the PH High test. I think I can us RO water to lower it a bit? Aside from chemical additives, what can i do to lower the PH a bit to acceptable levels. Acceptable to me is being able to keep Neon tetras, Tiger barbs, Harlequin rasboras and some RCS. I will add them a few at a time.
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Ah. Thank you very much. I will add it to my spreadsheet that I've been keeping on my tank keeping. Looks like ammonia levels and nitrite levels are going down accordingly. I added some ammonia the night before to make sure its completely cycled. One thing im worried about is my PH level is at the highest it can go on the PH High test. I think I can us RO water to lower it a bit? Aside from chemical additives, what can i do to lower the PH a bit to acceptable levels. Acceptable to me is being able to keep Neon tetras, Tiger barbs, Harlequin rasboras and some RCS. I will add them a few at a time.
I'd do a 50% water change with either RO or Distilled water to bring down the pH. You could also tag a pantyhose, fill it with peat, and put that into the HOB. Those are two methods (besides adding driftwood) that you can do right now.

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I ended up changing out about 80% of the water and waited about half a day to stock my tank with fish. Out of sheer newbness, I mixed some fish with tiger barbs and quickly learned that tiger barbs are aggressive. So now I have a tiger barb only tank. My PH levels went down to around 7.6 after everything was said and done. The tank has a lot of algae growing, so i recently purchased some flourish excel to dose/treat the algae problem. I'm using less dosage as directed cause I've read bad things about overdosing with excel.

Tiger barbs are pretty awesome little fish btw. They tend to follow me when I'm in front of the tank like they know they will get fed soon. I have 3 juvenile Albino tigers, 3 juvenile Green tigers and 5 regular tiger barbs. oh and a couple ghost shrimp that's been surviving fairly well under my little patch of java moss.
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Cool tank. In about to do a 20 gallon long as well. Update with pictures when the plants grow more. I might use yours as a template
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Cool tank. In about to do a 20 gallon long as well. Update with pictures when the plants grow more. I might use yours as a template
Thanks. I'll post an update pic soon. I've got so much algae in the tank right now, kinda sucks trying to get rid of it. I think i had too much nutrients in there, was dosing flourish daily at about 8 drops a day. I've cut back on the Flourish and am now dosing Excel daily. About 1ml dosage.
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Is that Java fern in the back left? If so, it shouldn't be "planted" in the soil. It will rot/die. Rhizome needs to be above the gravel.
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Yea I read up and moved the plants around and have added more. Good ol' aquabid. Anyway this is my tank as of now. Fighting bba, well not really, kinda just letting do its own thing.
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post #26 of 69 (permalink) Old 11-27-2015, 11:59 PM
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You said you had a 20-long but that to me looks higher then 12+" so hard to tell in photos without reference lol.

Reason I ask is because I am doing a 33-Long and looking at the stingray and wanted to know how you found the light at that height from substrate.

I've come full circle...is that good or bad?
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Yea its a 20 long with a 30" stingray. I'll try to post better pics. Its cut off on the left side.
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Well, I just did a search on this forum for low tech lighting. There are other options besides the finnex stingray. For the price, its not bad.
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I would NOT let the BBA do its thing..its thing is to keep spreading! Spot treat it with h2o2 while you can stay on top of it!

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post #30 of 69 (permalink) Old 12-01-2015, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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I would NOT let the BBA do its thing..its thing is to keep spreading! Spot treat it with h2o2 while you can stay on top of it!
I've been doing the Excel method. It's helping remove some of the BBA. I also do manual scrubbing (with a toothbrush) and WC right after. I feel like i should do more than this but oh well.
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