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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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This will be my official journal for my 3 gallon. I had started a post several months ago now asking questions about starting it and seeing as I've been changing things.

It's a little more overstocked than I would want, but I figure I'll be able to keep up with the small amount extra.

I'm having some issues with algea in my java moss. Could this just be because it's the closest to the light? Also, I was thinking of placing a 13watt 6500k CFL over the tank instead, but logic tells me this is more light and would therefore just grow more... Would ferts help at all with this?

The java moss is growing slowly, but also growing algea. There's also a lot of brown underneath. Should I pick out the bad stuff and just replant/add some new moss?
I'm planning on carpeting the riccia soon. I'd like to get some of the algea under control though.

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions are welcome!

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3 gallon Marineland Crescent Aquarium
Azoo Palm Filter
Marina 10watt heater
10 watt 5100k CFL - 6 hour photoperiod

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Flora
Sagittaria subulata
Anubias nana
Cryptocoryne wendtii "green"
Cryptocoryne wendtii "brown"
Rotala Indica
Staurogyne Repens
Windelov Java Fern
Java moss
Riccia Fluitans
Willow moss



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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-13-2013, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Crappy cellphone pic update!

Now with riccia fluitans!

Took out that mess of java and cleaned it up. The tank looks so much better in person, I'm really going to have to figure out a way to get a better picture through the fuzzy acrylic.

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The carpet looks good.

If it's algae on the acrylic you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original to clean it. It's what I use and it works great. Just make sure to get the original version.
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it looks really nice! i don't think you're overstocked, but that is coming from someone who really IS overstocked, haha.
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Your tank is looking good! Nice job with the riccia mats!

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You're not overstocked.

I've a 1g planted no-tech bowl that has had a plentitude of snails (rams, pond, mini-rams, mts), 3-6 adult cherry shrimp and a dozen or so juvies AND 3-5 endlers at any given time for the past six months. 2x weekly top-off, 20-30% weekly wc, and I'll toss in a bit of food of some sort or another every 2nd or 3rd day.

My 3 gal planted no-tech vase had a breeding pair of hybrid endlers with anywhere from 0 to 2 dozen fry at any given point, two ghost shrimp, a half dozen cherry shrimp culls, untold numbers of scuds and a variety of "pest" snails. The adult endlers picked off baby scuds and shrimp, their fry were scooped out periodically to feed my GBR and black neon tetras.
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I've always been a cautious person when it comes to stocking as I've had such terrible luck in the past. I work at a pet store so I get a little tired of seeing so many fish in one tank. It's just a personal choice

I did just lose my otocinclus yesterday, I've been having such horrible luck with them. =[
Wondering about amano shrimp... does anyone have any idea how many I could safely fit in this tank?
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Glad to see another cautious stocker I'll be following.

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Lost my nerite snail the other day.

As far as I know my parameters have been stable since I've had this tank. Never had any issues with ammonia or nitrates above normal. Unless those endlers are just super hardy and I'm not getting my water tested often enough. (I work at an lfs so I test my water there.)

Any suggestions for good algae helpers for this tank? I'd like to try amano shrimp but I'm afraid they'll get too big.
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When I get too much algae on my walls, I scrape it down with an old credit card. I have bladder snails that are pretty good at cleaning up algae. For awhile I had ghost shrimp that would eat algae once I scraped it off the sides.

Lots of people like Ramshorn snails. They come in different colors.

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Here's an update. Everything is growing... but seems to be turning a lighter green, and the dark spots on my windelov seem to be spreading. :/

I also have a nice little farm of algae growing on my moss and it's spreading down to everything else. The only thing I can think of at this stage is adding more plants to compete with the nutrients. Does anything stand out as wrong with my tank? I'm afraid to dose ferts and just be feeding the algae.

Also, is that BBA?




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Your bulb might be weird - this might be a better choice because it's 6500k:

http://1000bulbs.com/product/6840/FC09-MS65.html

Also, you should pick up some RCS's. They would be good for your tank since they are tiny and will gobble up that algae. Also, MTS's would help, but people hate them since they reproduce a lot.
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Thanks, I'm definitely going to look into a lower wattage bulb, I think I can find something similar to that at Lowes. We'll see.

I'm so tempted to get shrimp, but I'm a little afraid too seeing as there are already four fish in this tank. Would they really help that significantly? Because all I really need is a small push and I'll go for it. XD
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Get the RCS/Amanos. They will eat up the algae.
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Just a quick picture-less update.

This tank has done marvelously over the past two months. I've removed the moss and driftwood and planted a few more crypts and windelov, and the riccia has grown in so nicely! I will definitely have a picture up soon. I've been so encouraged by this tank. All I did was lift the light 2 inches and it's worked itself out! I barely touch it except for small inconsistent water changes.
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