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post #181 of 209 (permalink) Old 06-01-2014, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Plants are growing like crazy in this tank. I took a ton of plants from this tank to start another tank. I should start selling my plants. Also, bought Metricide to replace excel but I'm gunna test it out in another tank first. I don't want to make a mistake and kill all my fish. That would really tick me off lol
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The tank seems to be taking well to the switch to Metricide.
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I took a ton of plants from this tank to start another tank. I should start selling my plants. Also, bought Metricide to replace excel but I'm gunna test it out in another tank first. I don't want to make a mistake and kill all my fish. That would really tick me off lol
I use it never have any problems. So this tank you will not be injecting Co2?

Solution formula for Metricide is:
(1.5 x container)/ cidex glut% = glut
This makes it safer to handle. For can cause lung problems.
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I use it never have any problems. So this tank you will not be injecting Co2?

Solution formula for Metricide is:
(1.5 x container)/ cidex glut% = glut
This makes it safer to handle. For can cause lung problems.
This tank was strictly excel and now it is Metricide.
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Fertilizing A Dirted Tank: I am planning to does 1/3 or 1/2 the recommended EI dosage for the first month or so.

I plan to setup my pressurized co2 system.
You said, "This tank is now strictly excel and now it is Metricide. Now I am confused. Stopped injectin Co2?

With such high light I don't understand why you don't have any red or orange plants.

Do I see lilly pipes from 2 canister filters? If yes how are the ouputs directed?
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You said, "This tank is now strictly excel and now it is Metricide. Now I am confused. Stopped injectin Co2?

With such high light I don't understand why you don't have any red or orange plants.

Do I see lilly pipes from 2 canister filters? If yes how are the ouputs directed?
If you re-read, I said was strictly excel and now strictly metricide.

This is a low light setup. No co2 injected in this tank.

There is one canister on this tank now. Eheim 2213 Spray bar .
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This tank is bullet proof!

Very easy to manage.

Starting to get some hair algae which is probably due to the organic buildup from never doing water changes.

I'm starting to miss my colony of pink and blue ram horns. They don't breed in this tank for some reason. Might have to move them back to my EBI and get them back to work.

Plants show deficiencies because I randomly dose and don't pay enough attention.

Another thing to not is the Val's have never really done all that well probably due to the liquid co2.
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Adjustments

This tank is over 1 year old now.

8 Pygmy Cory's Habrosus
7 Neon Tetra
6 Ember Tetra
2 Guppies
2 Otto's
1 Platy
1 SAE
1 Pleco
*Breeding Pink & Blue Ramhorn Snails in a custom in-tank holders.

Today, I am making some adjustments.

Lights:
PAR Estimation: 30-40 @ 24" from Substrate (Based On Finnex Fugeray PAR Data)
Photoperiod: 5hrs; 3hrs siesta; 5hrs

Fertilizers:
KNO3 1/16 Weekly
KHP04 1/32 Weekly
K2S04 1/32 Weekly (Added due to K deficiencies)
Plantex CMS+B 1/32 Weekly
*1ml Metricide Daily
*Water Chance Once A Month

I recently discovered that reducing surface agitation should help keep the co2 from escaping. I'm still a bit unclear about this but all this time have kept up some serious surface agitation.

Also recently, I've noticed some serious K deficiencies. I am countering that with the addition of K2S04 dosing.








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If you re-read, I said was strictly excel and now strictly metricide.

This is a low light setup. No co2 injected in this tank.
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I plan to setup my pressurized co2 system.
Yes I read that. Then read about the plan for Co2. Thus I was confused and asked about. Guess you changed your mind about the Co2 system.
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Yes I read that. Then read about the plan for Co2. Thus I was confused and asked about. Guess you changed your mind about the Co2 system.
Oh I see. I decided to not use pressurized co2. It was never used in this tank.
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I took the sae out of this tank because he was starting to disturb the other fish.
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Tank update:

I noticed a lot of GSA on the glass and thread algae throughout the tank. I minimally removed as much as I could and did a 50% water change.

I think the problem is from overfeeding because I've been feeding the fish every day sometimes twice a day. And also I raise the light up several inches.

On another note, my custom reader boxes didn't seem to work correctly so I've come up with another solution. I've set up a marina breeder box and tapped into my spray bar for the intake for flow. There are three different partitions in this breeder box.
I've got pink Ramhorn snails and blue Ramhorn snails in the breeder box currently. I plan to get some painted fire red shrimp in the future.

I'm still trying to mod the breeder box to keep the critters inside the box. I found some good threads here on TPT for this. I will keep my journal updated as much as possible and I will take some photos later.

Stay tuned.
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I noticed a lot of GSA on the glass and thread algae throughout the tank.

I think the problem is from overfeeding because I've been feeding the fish every day sometimes twice a day.
Fish don't feed every day. Could be the type of food that your are using too. What are you feeding them. I haven't algae problems since I switched to New Life Spectrum fish food
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Fish don't feed every day. Could be the type of food that your are using too. What are you feeding them. I haven't algae problems since I switched to New Life Spectrum fish food
That's really good advice!

1. Bought some cheap fish flakes (Tetra TetraFin Goldfish Flakes)
2. Feeding everyday is a bad idea and I knew that but feed anyways.
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