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post #151 of 171 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 09:38 PM
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Hope they come back too. Yea plants don't like heat too much, just keep up with water changes as the dying plants will release lots of organic matter into the tank. Next time you get ICH I would quarantine the fish in a separate tank, not the main tank and always quarantine the fish before you allow them into the main tank. then slowly reduce the temps back to desired.
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post #152 of 171 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hope they come back too. Yea plants don't like heat too much, just keep up with water changes as the dying plants will release lots of organic matter into the tank. Next time you get ICH I would quarantine the fish in a separate tank, not the main tank and always quarantine the fish before you allow them into the main tank. then slowly reduce the temps back to desired.
Unfortunately I do not have the room for a quarantine tank. Wishing I did right now...
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Time for a quick update. I've been battling two different types of algae ever since I dosed medication for ich and upped the heat. I have a green thread algae and a brown dust algae.

I cut my photoperiod to 4hrs at first and then have been bringing it back slowly. I'm at 6hrs now.

The green thread algae is all but gone. Brown dust on the other hand seems to be lingering. It is not on any of the new growth but is still on the old growth....

I also noticed that during this time the gunk that lined my filter pipes is dying? and coming off and not growing back. Anyone ever seen this before? I was wondering if this had to do with the medication??

Plants are still growing like crazy!

Another weird thing is my cardinals have become extremely skittish when the light is off. With the light off if I walk by the tank they all scurry into the brush.... with the lights on they are out and act normally.... so strange.
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post #154 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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So looks like it's not just cloudy water from the filter cleaning. It's getting worse and looking a little more green.

I just put in a UV sterilizer so we shall see how that goes. I got the
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in tank sterilizer because I don't plan on running it all the time. I hope it does the job and clears this tank up!

I also just switched from an atomic inline diffuser to an
Ista Max Mix Co2 Reactor Ista Max Mix Co2 Reactor
It works MUCH better than the inline diffuser. You can definitely hear the bubbles being mixed when the Co2 is on but it's not annoying.
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post #155 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 05:20 AM
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Good luck battling the green water. Is there hair algae in there too?

I used the ADA product "Clear Dash" for green water a while ago, and it cleared it right up. I have no idea what is in "Clear Dash" though, and that was a little disturbing.
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Good luck battling the green water. Is there hair algae in there too?

I used the ADA product "Clear Dash" for green water a while ago, and it cleared it right up. I have no idea what is in "Clear Dash" though, and that was a little disturbing.
Thanks!

The algae that I had after the ich treatment has since subsided. I don't see much if any at all. It's just this dang cloudy water. Weird part is it looks like it's getting better by the end of the night but then in the morning it loos worse.... not sure what that is all about. I would have figured that the UV would have made a little difference over night.

I'll have to look into that treatment if this does not work out.
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post #157 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 07:03 PM
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Trust me, the green water WILL disappear, whether you use a UV or not. It's only a matter of time. It seems like set-ups with high enough light always go through a greenwater phase.


Speaking of atomic inline diffusors, mine sucks. It worked for a few months until it began to leak. The c02 would rather seep out of the cracks in the plastic than diffuse through the ceramic portion of the unit. =\

Maybe I will try out the ista max mix reactor.
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post #158 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 01:39 AM
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Very lush growth still. Nice.

Have you thought about using a ADA pollen glass diffuser? I have used one and they are my go to diffusion method for all tanks, even large ones. A bit pricey but worth it as they are pieces of glass art themselves.
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Trust me, the green water WILL disappear, whether you use a UV or not. It's only a matter of time. It seems like set-ups with high enough light always go through a greenwater phase.


Speaking of atomic inline diffusors, mine sucks. It worked for a few months until it began to leak. The c02 would rather seep out of the cracks in the plastic than diffuse through the ceramic portion of the unit. =\

Maybe I will try out the ista max mix reactor.
I've had the UV running for a few days now and it does not seem to be making a difference at all....

The Max Mix is awesome and cheap too!


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Very lush growth still. Nice.

Have you thought about using a ADA pollen glass diffuser? I have used one and they are my go to diffusion method for all tanks, even large ones. A bit pricey but worth it as they are pieces of glass art themselves.
Thanks! I just wish I could see it better

I like the pollen diffusers but I really wanted to keep as much out of the tank as I possibly can. Also when I had an in tank diffuser it was a pain to keep clean.
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post #160 of 171 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Good news! It's all but clear now.



Things I think I did to fix it.

Last sunday I did two HUGE water changes in a row.

I kept the light off for 3 days and then on the 4th and 5th day I had it on for 3hrs. Right now I'm back up to the normal photo period.

I moved the UV sterilizer from the left side of the tank (where the water flow was very fast) to the middle of the tank where the flow is quite a bit less.

No ferts at all for the last week.

I'm going to do a WC tomorrow and start dosing light ferts.
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post #162 of 171 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 05:42 PM
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Wow, looks fantastic! The plants look great despite the blackout. Nice work!
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post #163 of 171 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 06:31 PM
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Do you have any larger pics of your tank? I'd love to see a link to a full res or near full res shot.
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post #164 of 171 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Do you have any larger pics of your tank? I'd love to see a link to a full res or near full res shot.
Yes but they are all iPhone pictures so they are probably not that great I just got my hands on a DSLR hope to have some better shots soon.


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post #165 of 171 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Decommissioned. I'm moving so I had to tear this tank down. It was really rough as it was my first large planted tank, but I'm excited about the next one when I move to The SF Bay Area. At least I'll be close to AFA!
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