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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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My documented struggles with a 75 gallon....

I wanted to start a journal considering the incredible amount of time I spend on this wonderful site. It has certainly not been easy going since I started this tank about 2 months ago. Hopefully, my journal will give way to any and all advice to improve my tank as well as help other folks who are just starting out. So here is my tank........
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 09:16 PM
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Some branchy driftwood would really enhance that fern and the tank
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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My equipment specs are as follows:

tank size-75 gallons
filtration-Rena XP 2(M) and Rena XP 3(L), Hydor powerhead at 550 gph, 1- 9 watt coralife turbo twist uv sterilizer(no longer being used)
lighting-nova extreme T5HO X 2, approximately 8 hours a day
substrate-eco-complete
co2-automated aquariumplants.com system
fertilization-aquavitro series, various root tabs, EI dosing methods
heating-300 watt hydor inline

Plants:
dwarf hairgrass, needle leaf java, anubias nana, anubias coffee, baby tears, wysteria, myriophyllum aquaticum (parrots feather), staurogyne repens

Inhabitans:
3 roseline sharks, 1 peacock gudgeon, 1 pygmy gourami, 2 ottos, 2 white cloud tetras

Problems this far.......
I've developed all types of algae. I've developed cynobacteria on some of my dwarf hairgrass. I have some brown/blue green algae on some of my staurogyne repens. Dust algae on the glass is a constant battle. I just started spot treatment with excel on some of my problem areas and am trying a reduced photo period. I am also considering purchasing a second filter for the tank as this might prevent any dead spots not receiving enough flow.

Any and all judgement/advice/solutions are greatly welcomed!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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cynobacteria

Lately I've been fighting some serious algae. Particularly cynobacteria and diatoms. I had a diatom filter I fired up which took quick care of the white fibrous looking things floating in my tank which I believed to be diatoms. Once they dissappeared, my diatom algae(brown muck) decreased on my anubias leaves. The cynobacteria is another story and is very prevelant in my dwarf hair grass. At first, I tried hydrogen peroxide(1ml/gallon followed by a 50% water change) but it was harming the grass. From everything I've read on here, decreasing the ferts (P particularly) is not the right way to go. There is some contentious debate over this. I am however doing the following:

-50% water change 3 times a week
-decreased photo period of lighting
-administering excel after water changes and reduced amounts of excel on the other days
-manual removal(this is pretty hard to do with dwarf hair grass)
-increased flow to provide more O2.

At present the cynobacteria does not seem to be growing anymore with these remedies. It is only establishing itself on the dwarf hair grass and not my other plants. I will note if these remedies work. Here are some current photos of it.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 12:39 AM
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Nice looking tank you have there. One easy way to get rid of bga is to dose marycyn (may be spelled wrong) and to add aeration for about a week. This always works for me. Hope that helps.
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