Beginner creates a 10G (algae) monster - UPDATE - The Planted Tank Forum
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Beginner creates a 10G (algae) monster - UPDATE

Hey all,

Several months ago I came here asking for help with an algae farm GONE WILD.
I got a lot of feedback ranging from H2O2 treatments to ripping out the entire tank and starting from scratch.

I figured I would post a couple followup picture and describe what I did in the hopes that someone else can learn from my trials.

The takeaway? Do your research before H2O2 (it will MURDER some of your plants), loooong blackouts are AMAZING, and you don't necessarily need to throw in some dubious chemical stuff to solve an algae problem (given patience).

Apologies for taking these pictures with a potato.

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Beginner creates a 10G monster - please send help

Dec 19, A Cry for Help
This was the picture I submitted with my original post.

Dec 20, Human Sized Tears for my Dwarf Baby Tears (aka A New Hope)
This was roughly a day after an extensive H2O2 treatment.
I removed 50% of the water and treated everything with a 3mL/gal H2O2 (purchased at 3%).
Waited 30 min with pump off, added water back and turned everything on.
DBT nuked, cyanobacteria nuked, GHA... chillin.

Dec 26, Return of the Cyanobacteria
Yeah so a week later the cyanobacteria is having a great time.

Jan 4, A Week with the Dark Side
I went on vacation and just killed the lights for a week.
I didn't feel like adding biocides and whatnot to the tank and I was out of town anyway so...
Looking good! Algae gone, DBT unhappy but oh well.

March 2, A New Beginning
At this point, my DBT has never rooted properly despite recovering so I transplanted a bunch of the Monte Carlo from the back left of the aquarium and I'm just going to use that as a carpet. It's filling in... slowly.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 12:03 AM
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Wow, what a save!

So are you saying you killed all the algae with just a week of blackout? Monte Carlo is looking pretty good. Is all that growth since the January blackout? So, two months?

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Wow, what a save!

So are you saying you killed all the algae with just a week of blackout? Monte Carlo is looking pretty good. Is all that growth since the January blackout? So, two months?
Sorry for the delay, didn't get notified for some reason.

Yeah! The blackout was great, it starved the algae and cyanobacteria in the tank while the plants (having more reserves, I imagine) came out unhappy but alive. I got back from vacation and all that was left of the algae was some melted residue.

And yes on the growth, I hadn't purchased any new plants before taking that picture. I could have sped things up by buying more of it from the LFS and replanting but I really wanted to see what I could accomplish by simply tuning CO2, lights, and ferts.

I've since added a couple other plants to break the green monotony, I'll post a picture tonight.
I also ripped out the last of the DBT and started trimming the MC. It's taking longer than I had thought it would but it's all moving in the right direction.
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looking good! nice save!

MTS? no,I just need one more tank...
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Here's a picture, as promised. Apologies for the potato, my phone has an uncanny ability to flatten the image so the terrain is hard to make out. There's roughly a 4" height difference between the front and the back of the tank.

The MC in the right foreground was transplanted less than a week ago, hence the wild look. There's also a patch on the left side that looks like it's dying, that's just because I overtrimmed it. It had completely covered the rocks underneath and I want them to be visible.

Also, Snack Clip. Useful for holding small tubes in place.
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persistence is key, from there it is knowledge gained

nice work on the rescue
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persistence is key, from there it is knowledge gained

nice work on the rescue
Thanks!

Persistence and patience.
It's too easy to try to do too much (i.e something isn't growing, must mess with all the parameters every day!), sometimes you really just have to give your tank a nudge in the right direction and let it do its thing.
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I just realized you name is hilarious lmao "ASS OF THE FIST"

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I just realized you name is hilarious lmao "ASS OF THE FIST"
I used to play some online games and since people tend to use abbreviations, I would log on and everyone in the squad would be like "Oh hey, Ass."


...on second thought, maybe not the most appropriate username for an aquarium-focused forum... My bad.
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