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post #16 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-28-2014, 04:09 AM
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Okay, okay. Today, I mowed the lawn and accumulated x2 3.5" saucers of HC trimmings. I sold both of them on craigslist for $8 each. I took a long distance front side picture so you guys can not see all the HC trimmings floating or make fun of all my diatoms.






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hey nice tank!! I'm doing the DSM as well. All I have is HC, do you think the satellite+ saran wrapped is enough? Or should i use my 78w T5 12k light? Also how long did you leave the light on per day when you started your DSM? Thanks!!
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hey nice tank!! I'm doing the DSM as well. All I have is HC, do you think the satellite+ saran wrapped is enough? Or should i use my 78w T5 12k light? Also how long did you leave the light on per day when you started your DSM? Thanks!!
Thanks man. I appreciate it. Takes a lot of effort, but I enjoy it. From my experience, you want a lot of light during your dsm. More light than when submersed. So to answer your question, use which ever light gives more par. The satellite+ would probably suffice. I think I was doing a 10-12 hour photoperiod.

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You like it? It's a work I'm progress. I'm pretty happy with it so far. Thanks for the encouragement.
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I've added 3 Ottos and POOF, the diatoms are virtually gone, but now I have a new friend in the tank. His name is hair algae! He is all over the HC.

-Reducing the photo period back to 7 hours
-Manually removing with a tooth brush
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Here is my analysis of what I think went wrong. After the HC trimming, I couldn't removed the excess trimmings.. I removed what I could but the thousand of tiny leaves where still floating about. With the abundance of organics settling in the carpet, BAM. algae + increase in light from 7 hours to 9hours.

In the future, I will find a way to collect more of the HC leaves after a trim. As for right now, the plan is to try and keep the tank as clean as possible of it can recover faster.

I have another issue that I could use some advice. The surface buildings up a white film over time. Does anyone know how to solve this problem with my current setup?
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look into the eheim surface skimmer
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Look up lily pipe surface skimmer. It really does work and is effective at removing surface film.
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I'm freaking out over here trying to figure out what to do about this hair algae. It's starting to take over...
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haven't tried this myself, but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-s9mJVFyU8 seems to work. Or get a bunch of amano shrimps?
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I'm freaking out over here trying to figure out what to do about this hair algae. It's starting to take over...
Tried dosing some Excel?

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haven't tried this myself, but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-s9mJVFyU8 seems to work. Or get a bunch of amano shrimps?
Thanks for the link. I have a game plan now.

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Tried dosing some Excel?
Not yet, but that's going to be part of my game plan. Thanks!
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There's a nice post about effectively getting rid of algae in the algae forum :p. Go look it up!
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