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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-27-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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hit it with algeafix today... kick em while their down. also spotted some osmocote potshots at the hardware store and picked those up instead of filling gel caps.

osmocote plus: 15-9-12 plus 9 other essential nutrients.

osmocote potshots: 15-8-11 plus 6 other essential nutrients.
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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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So much for that! Couldn't get the DIY co2 to create enough pressure to gas out of the diffuser... hooked up my spare 5lb co2 tank at about 1bpm, but I do need to add a needle valve for fine tuning.

Gave away my swordtail and pea puffer, snails still alive have perked up... new growth on plants.
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Plants, BGA responding well to c02. GBR dropped dead but I think it was natural, water tested all zeros with a pH of 6.8. This is despite dosing nutrafin ferts, adding osmocote and soil tabs, so I think I need to up my dosages. Ordering EI ferts from nilocg.

I think the drop in pH was caused by the c02.

However, I have started seeing BBA (wtf)... so I'm leaving c02 on 24/7 at a slower rate to eliminate swings.
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picked up a gH kH test today

kH - 4
gH - 11

Should these numbers be closer to one another?
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what fish should i add?

ugh, BBA hit me so i've been leaving co2 on 1bpm 24/7. BGA is back with a vengeance... what an annoyance. It got worse AFTER I did a larger water change.

Ordered EI ferts which should be here today, hopefully that system provides the nutrients to knock out the BGA.

Suggestions for a new fish? My tank is dominated by red (the CPD and harlequins that school in the middle of the tank), would like something to mix it up. I was thinking ROAKing my red eyes and picking up a few blue tetra. I don't like that the red eyes are the largest fish in my tank. Any suggestions?

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1x half beak
1x bumblebee goby
3x cory habrosus (buying 2 more asap)
1x panda cory, 1x cory agassizi?
3x red eye tetra
5x harlequin rasbora
7x CPD
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dosed 5ml of nilcog's micro and macro ferts yesterday. no3 tested 0 today.

did a 10g water change, and dosed macros again. will continue increasing doses until i get a stronger no3 reading.

got my 2 extra habrosus. gang's all there!
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local FS has blue tetra (cochu's) as well as "blue kerri" tetra (solid dark blue almost black), and emperor tetra... any preferences?
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lost one habrosus... he looked ill from the time i brought him home.

vacuumed as much of the BGA as I could while rubbing it off the leaves with my fingers. now in "blackout" for 4 days while dosing macros. hopefully i can beat this [censored][censored][censored][censored] back and keep my nitrates high to keep it at bay.
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post blackout, no3 levels super high... test turns blood red. fish seem okay, did a regular water change today. going to leave no3 high to help stifle BGA from growing back.


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Won my BGA battle with h2o2. Have been increasing photoperiod since then. Dropped lights a few inches and scaled back photoperoid over the weekend.

Ordered amanos and super tigers from msjinkzed. They're awesome! Saw one berried, but haven't seen her since. Hopefully shrimplets turn up!

Ordered an Eheim 2217 and an inline heater. Wanted to get all the junk out of my tank for more real estate and a cleaner look. Love it, what an improvement just taking the heater out. How long should I wait before removing my sponge filter?
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got my co2 checker and eheim set up, pulled out my sponge filter today. one of my super tigers is beautiful, almost black. ordering dario dario from msjinkzed.

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