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post #151 of 209 (permalink) Old 11-23-2013, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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I got engaged recently to a beautiful girl who I love very much.

Thank you, thank you.

I know right, excited? Yeah i am but I can't help but remember a quick story and I'm going to share it with you.

About a year ago, I went out to purchase my first pressurized co2 system. I drove out to the suburbs and picked up what turned out to be a really nice unit from a local asian guy who was getting out of the hobby.

He said something that really didn't hit me till just now as I finish this beer. :-) he said, "go bigger"! As we were talking, he explained that it much easier to have bigger tanks while you are younger. When you have a family it can be very tough to keep tanks.

I'm sharing this with you for several reasons. ime, this hobby is all about advice. You can learn a lot from experienced people. Also, I have a passion for this hobby. I'm still relatively new but i get something iut of it that I cannot get anywhere else. If I had to explain it then I would simply say its my way of releasing my creativity. Thats whats most important to me, and i think that what i like most about this hobby.

Will I get a large tank 100+? Time will tell... Something tells me I'd absolutely love it if I did.
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post #152 of 209 (permalink) Old 11-24-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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I dropped the lighting fixture to 15" above to substrate which should be approx. 40PAR (Medium Light).

Today, I start a different dosing Regime:

Estimated Index - EI

Sunday: 50% Water Change (After Lights Out)
Monday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Tuesday: 1/8 CSM + B
Wednesday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Thursday:1/8 CSM + B
Friday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Saturday: 1/8 CSM + B

Co2: 2-3 BPS; Green Drop Checker
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post #153 of 209 (permalink) Old 11-25-2013, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, my plants are pearling this evening.

Beautiful!
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post #154 of 209 (permalink) Old 11-30-2013, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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I am starting to notice what looks like BBA around the tank.

My analysis is that I have to much light for all these low light plants.

Sunday, I will test my water, change my dosing accordingly, and raise the light fixture.
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post #155 of 209 (permalink) Old 12-04-2013, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Last Sunday, when I did a water change I reduced the light intensity back to about 30PAR, reduced dosing amounts slightly, and did a 50% water change.

Today, which is 3 days later I can see a noticeably increase in what I thought was BBA but now I think it is Stag horn.

Today I am cutting the lighting period short, doing another 50% water change, and might dose some excel.

I've read Stag horn can occur when you have a high bio load or when you disturb the substrate to much. I've done both of those since I kicked up this tanks metabolism going high tech.

Time to slow things back down again. I need to get this back into a manageable position.
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post #156 of 209 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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I've been keeping this tank clean and today I raised the light a little bit more after a water change. Plants are showing more signs of nutrient deficiency which is probably due to my mid week 50% water change with no extra dosing.

Bottom line is that the light is so bright the plants cannot keep up. I plant to continue to suspend the light and EI dose until plant start showing positive signs of growth.
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post #157 of 209 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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After doing research, I found that my problem here is not nutrient deficiency but over dosing. With a soil substrate I don't need to dose so many ferts.

My plan is to go back to what was working before.

Several water changes!
Then,
Low Light and....

1/16 KNO3 once a week
1/64 P04 once a week
1/64 CSM+B once a week
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post #158 of 209 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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This tank has stabilized.

I swapped out the dual t5HO fixture for a Current 36" LED Plus.

There is still some BBA on the plants, rocks and equipment. Soon, I will start spot treating some of the BBA and this tank should be as good as new!!
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post #161 of 209 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Added a Tiger Lotus in the back middle and took out the Java Fern. This tank is just thriving right now.
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Cool tank and I enjoyed your thread keep us updated

I am a merman
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post #163 of 209 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Problems:
1. Unhealthy Dwarf Sag
2. Too much BBA
3. Plants Showing Deficiencies

Current Stock:
-7 Neon tetras
-3 Harlequin Rasboras
-6 Cory's
-12 Ramhorn Snail

Recent Changes:
-Lighting switched to 36" Finnex Planted+
-Photoperiod 5hrs on; 3hrs siesta; 5hrs on
-Keeping N03 between 20-40
-Dosing Excel to combat BBA.
-Added Purigen

The goal? Zero Algae; healthy plants!
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Okay, it's been 10 days since I made the previously noted changes and there's been a HUGE improvement!

-Less mulm and dying leaves
-Growth has sped up noticeably
-BBA is slowly disappearing
-The plants seem much happier

I plan to move the ottos from this tank and add some SAE's to help with the BBA. I will put the ottos into a different tank once the filter cycles.
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This thread is long over due for pictures. I just paged through my thread here and looked at all the picture of the beginning stages of this tank. This tank is doing so well right now. Algae is minimal, mainly have Neon Tetra, and plants are thriving!

I'll do my best to update this thread ASAP.
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