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post #16 of 178 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Ha, glad to see people are actually following my thread! I appreciate your advice and words.

Here is a photo I snapped several minutes ago right before the lights went out (excuse glass bubbles, did a water change about 6 hours ago).


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I actually like the tannin color...I'm sure the fish love it too. This is a fairly new tank do algae should go away once it becomes established. What are you doin for ferts?
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As with any dirt tank without MTS, algae is pretty much assumed...I tried to combat a huge outbreak the best I could with floaters (duckweed tagged along too, but it isn't reproducing as fast as I'd feared). As for ferts, none whatsoever...just letting the dirt do its thing. No CO2, either. I dosed some Flourish on the day of planting just to spruce them up, but nothing regularly.

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I like it. Nice and clean

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What's up guys? Was away from my apartment for two days and was very pleased to see even more growth when I came back.

Has anyone noticed that uploading to Photobucket decreases the quality of your original photos? It's kind of annoying, but maybe I'm imagining things...

FTS...Please notice how big my Sword got on the left, will definitely have to move it soon; also a new leaf is budding out of that shoot, should have gotten a better picture of it:




New Dwarf Sag popping up (one of several):




New leaves on Crypt Undulata (on bottom):



Hornwort engulfed in algae:



How long do you think I should keep this in my tank? It's been two weeks, highly unsightly...

Duckweed, will have to keep an eye on it:



The four Pristella Tetra's that I bought on Thursday, loving them:



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Thanks for viewing. I'm very happy with the way things are coming along.

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So, do you guys think I should hold off on removing the Hornwort, and just leave the Duckweed?

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I say if they are both working then keep them. If you want to remove the hornwort then maybe remove portions of it at a time so you don't get and algae bloom overnight. Nice looking tank by the way!
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Alright, I may do that, then...just take it out little by little each day. Thanks!

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Does anyone know how I can combat this algae in my tank (the brown hair stuff)? I have never experienced it before, and when I did a water change, I accidentally knocked a lot off the Hornwort and it spread all over my tank. I want to try and maintain it or eliminate it before it goes out of control. Or, should I just wait it out...

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Shot from tonight...


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Does anyone know how I can combat this algae in my tank (the brown hair stuff)? I have never experienced it before, and when I did a water change, I accidentally knocked a lot off the Hornwort and it spread all over my tank. I want to try and maintain it or eliminate it before it goes out of control. Or, should I just wait it out...

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Do you have an otto's or amano's? they are great brown algae cleaners.
What do you mean it spread out? did the needles spread out? if so its probably dying. I would remove any parts that are dying(has happened to me b4) and save any thats healthy and green and no leaves falling off. You'll see it will bounce back really fast. I think hornwort is a great plant for when you first set up a dirt tank. It soaks up and excess nutrients that would normally cause an algae bloom or brown water. once it gets thick just cut it back. I always keep some just in case. its not pretty but its a very useful plant to have around.

Your tank is really looking sweet Nick. keep it up... I have one suggestion if you don't mind. Ever consider moving that sword on the left behind the wood? I think it would give your tank a bit more depth. And I think it would look cool if the leaves of the sword looked like they were growing up behind the wood. Also swords will et massive and eventually cover up your wood. It looks like nice piece, show it off! just my 2 cents... haha
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Hey ffrok, thanks for the reply. By spread out, I meant the algae itself spread out (more or less blew all over the tank and then settled). As for your suggestion, a member had already recommended I do that. I didn't think it'd be necessary, but seeing as how big it's getting, I am definitely going to have to move it. I'm gonna move it this weekend before its root system gets too embedded in the substrate. You are both spot on in that suggestion.

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After a water change. Moved the sword, as you can see. Did a pretty big algae clean up and left the filter intake out of the shot. My soil seems to be anaerobic in spots, as bubbles make their way out of it every now and then. Despite this, I don't smell anything sulfur-like, so I doubt it's too bad...on my old 10 gallon the sulfur smell was pretty bad from my substrate. I'm happy with the way things are working out in this tank, with the exception of the algae; the rock weighing down my wood is also extremely irritating, and I can't wait to pull it out (probably going to be another month, I'd say).












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Do you have amanos or ottos? They could really help with the fuzz on that driftwood.
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I was actually planning on heading over to the LFS later today to see if they had any Otos , among other algae eaters.

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