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post #31 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-16-2013, 05:01 PM
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Help me out here! 3rd plan plants? The stems in the back?
Is this not a rotala rotundifolia indica on the back ?
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Is this not a rotala rotundifolia indica on the back ?
Correct - I just wasn't understanding what you meants by "3rd plan plants". I still don't think I understand ...
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Any updates?
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Here are some updates for the tank.

Added 5 x Otto and 15 x Harlequin Rasboras

I'm having a difficult time with the rotala losing the red colour. I've started to does Seachems liquid iron ontop of the CSM+B micronutrients.

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TPT,

I'm having a bit of issue with a film on the top of my tank. My research online suggest its Eisenbacteria, and iron bacteria. I haven't determined if the cause is the result of an excess in iron or poor surface agitation. I'm going to look for an air pump or install a powerhead. Any other advice/opinions are appreciated.

Below are pictures of the film -- not from my current tank, but this is exactly what it appears as.



Thanks in advance!!

In other news I have some tissue culture coming in: Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping' and Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'

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Hey, I had that thing last week. I don't know if it will be any helpful but all I did is raised the spray bar a little bit. Also I have those frog bit floaters, they worked great to move the water. After water change on Saturday it didn't come back.
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I use the lily pipes - I'll try using a powerhead to break the surface film.
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Mine always gets that stuff when there is no surface agitation. As soon as you have some surface movement it goes away.
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Drfosterandsmith.com now carry a surface skimmer made by eheim. It's $25. I have the same issue with my 75, and I haven't bought it yet, but will be soon. It has excellent reviews all over youtube.

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I added a sponge filter to my tanks to break up the surface and the film has gone away, my 75 does that as well from time to time. It will be there for a couple of days then disappears.
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All my reading suggest it isn't bad - mostly just unsightly. I've added a powerhead to increase surface agitation. Not too concerned about the film .... a downfall when dosing the dry ferts is having to agitate the water to make sure it gets below the film.

First plant trimming and another water change tomorrow before I'm off to work for a week. Pictures tomorrow!
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All my reading suggest it isn't bad - mostly just unsightly. I've added a powerhead to increase surface agitation. Not too concerned about the film .... a downfall when dosing the dry ferts is having to agitate the water to make sure it gets below the film.

First plant trimming and another water change tomorrow before I'm off to work for a week. Pictures tomorrow!
If you have co2, it can cause a barrier for gas exchange, which will poison your fish.

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I had added a power head to solve this issue.

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TPT,

I'm having a bit of issue with a film on the top of my tank. My research online suggest its Eisenbacteria, and iron bacteria. I haven't determined if the cause is the result of an excess in iron or poor surface agitation. I'm going to look for an air pump or install a powerhead. Any other advice/opinions are appreciated.

Below are pictures of the film -- not from my current tank, but this is exactly what it appears as.



Thanks in advance!!

In other news I have some tissue culture coming in: Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping' and Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
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If you have co2, it can cause a barrier for gas exchange, which will poison your fish.
Thanks. My CO2 is on a timer plus using a regulator. Luckily if there is poor gas exchange resulting from this I have the CO2 running through a timer and pH controller.

I did add a powerhead and it's been two days with little to no film. The water change also helped!

I promised pictures tonight ... I'll post them tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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Here are updated photos.

Before Trim:


After Trim: (Stems were heavily trimmed, and moss from driftwood was removed. Didn't survive the shipment and started yellowing. Trying to recover some in a separate tank)



I'm excited with how the Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' contrasts with the hairgrass trimmed down. Going to look into curved scissors for next trim for the hairgrass, was a little difficult with straight.

With the nature of my work taking me away from the home for a week at a time, I've left a little dosing present behind for Sugarbear to keep the EI dosing on the go.

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