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Why not 100%? I like overkill as my first choice???
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Go for it! Just watch for BBA!

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Mark, do u add the corresponding amount of dechlorinator prior to filling the tank or do you dechlorinate the new water outside the tank? Also whatever paint do you use for the glass?
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I distribute the one drop per gallon evenly in to the tank, then refill.

Handy eye dropper bottles for the Sodium Thiosulphate...
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...=searchresults

Handy liquid fertilizer bottles...
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I just use Rustoleum spray paint for backgrounds.
Used this to shade/tint the deep blue on my 29.
http://www.tcpglobal.com/SprayPaintD...Faw-MgodJlcAaw

I might change the background color to black on my 65H.

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Yeah can't do spray paint in the house. Guess I'll just get some black backing material
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Love Scarlet Temple to begin with, and the way you use it here is stellar.

75g Journal: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=224354
29g Journal: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=577481
TPT says I'm an algae grower... I'd like to think of myself as one hell of a Cabomba farmer.
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Yeah can't do spray paint in the house. Guess I'll just get some black backing material
Paint brush, buddy!

If you use a black background, be sure to "paint" it with mineral oil, and squegee it on.

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Love Scarlet Temple to begin with, and the way you use it here is stellar.
Thanks, Rush!
I bought this stuff originally in one of those little gel packs over a year ago.
Since then, I have stocked it in 3 of my own tanks, sold some in ads, and stocked two friends tanks!
Alternanthera reineckii is a great plant!

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Pretty much out of the woods now on the Black Brush Algae!
However I just stopped dosing Gluteraldehyde in this tank.
Dealmed sent me Metricide 28 instead of 14. I had read the only difference, was the activator w/the 28 contained a surfactant (detergent/soap),
and we throw the activator away.
Well, that is not true, IT IS IN THE BULK SOLUTION!
I was not seeing any issues using it in my tanks with continuous WCs, but on my 29,
I was seeing heavy respiration on my Dwarf Cichlids, so WE ARE DONE! I will see how it works as a weed killer in the yard.
We will see how it goes...

I am pretty happy with how the tank is doing, so here are a couple of pics from today.
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It appears the BBA pretty much stops growth on the affected plants?
So pruning it all off is a necessity.
I am getting a small amount of a "loose green hair algae?" It is pretty easy to remove, when I spot it.

I really do NOT know what I am doing, as regards to balances of light, CO2, and ferts, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I am dosing a PPS dosage every two days,
Continuous WC @ 11 or 12 gal. per day,
CO2, pH dropped from 7.8 pH to 6.8.

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Hey stranger!! Well got some temple and swords per your advice to plant heavier. Your tank is killer! As for recommendations....hahahaa I have none. I know I used to test everything and dose and all that jazz with my reef tanks, I never had good results. Then I kept the tanks up and just neglected them, no water changes, testing, etc, just topped them off. Same with my planted 120. Surprisingly my reefs had crazy algae but all my corals flourished like never before, and same with my planted. Then I just started doing water changes and not dosing or any of that. To my surprise it reinvigorated my love for aquariums and got rid of all the algea and my tanks look great....to me of course. And with your assistance and aso and jedimasters at nanoreef and s....LEDs I've come into the new age and the looks of plants, corals and fish are just amazing. Sorry for the thesis but in conclusion, I've found less is more in tanks. And I need your recommendations on where and what plants you recommend to fill in. Plus, does the water look clearer? And hung the fixture. Still need to put the optics on and see if the light leak is better, if not just gonna put a piece of white particle board to shield the light. Hated my old hood so if the hanging doesn't work out I'm gonna build a new one. Did tap water 50% recently. Still lazy and just iPhone pictures but hey. Gonna paint the background black, and the new PVC I retro fit into my pump for the carbon reactor, FYI doesn't kick on cause the air coming in to the pipe I guess is adding ample co2 that the solenoid doesn't open. Recommendations....except not hijacking your thread...sorry.[IMG][/IMG]
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Thanks, Drew!
Tank is doing good, I would just like it to do better!
Your tank looks a lot better! Regardless of the cellphone pic, it looks like the lighting "pops"!
The water looks way better! Keep up the 50% weekly WCs!
The black background will make a BIG difference!
Have you thought about doing a hanging canopy?
Use 1" X 6" or 8" wood sides and top! That would shield light spilling into the room.
For some plants to fill in, Cryptoryne "Bronze" wendtii is a great mid-ground,
gives some nice glossy olive greens, brown undersides, and they spread well.
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Stem plants like Didiplus diandra(Blood Stargrass),
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and Ludwigia repens (right) have some nice orange to pinkish red hues, and grow like mad!
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Bacopa monnieri does very well for me also, and has great color and leaf shape.
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Myriophyllum mattingrosse is beautiful, and does awesome also.
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For foreground/carpet, Pygmy Chain Swords do very well for me,
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as does Pogostemon helferi (Downoi) "Little Star" (blurry because of water shimmer, sorry!)
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Oh, and the reef tanks look very nice Too!

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10-4! And thanks as always! And 50% wc's for how long?
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And tell your awesome photogenic fish to move out the way, I'm trying to check out the plants!
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