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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2014, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Aquastyle 6 w/ HC

Hi everyone.

Just started the tank again. I used to have dhg in this tank but let it run loose and algae took over and took a long break. Decided to restart the tank cuz the weather is nice outside

Anyways here's the tank:



CO2 used is a paintball tank with Aquatek regulartor mini.

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HC - used 2 pots from LFS

The layout looks a bit plain, so I'd appreciate any suggestion to add some depth

Any help is appreciated.

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Add some rock or wood.
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Add some rock or wood.
And a ton more plants!
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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if a mod can move this to tank journal that would be great!
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1 Month update:





There's some algae on glass (obviously) but hopefully it'll go away soon.
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There's some algae on glass (obviously) but hopefully it'll go away soon.
Usually you never want to wait for it to go away on its own. That is a glass tank so you can use a razor blade to scrape the algae off. You can also use a scrubber. One of the easy ways is to get a magnet glass cleaner.

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Will give that a try @ucrdave thanks


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Got an Amano shrimp today. Didn't realize how much bigger they are compare to cherry shrimps

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Cleaning your diffuser

BTW I do notice some green algae on the diffuser. You can use a solution of bleach and water (cap full to half cup of water) or 100% bleach, or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) (peroxide). Follow the steps below for each method.

For Bleach
If you use bleach and water solution you may need to let it soak for a couple hours.
If you use pure bleach then you only need to soak for 15 to 30 mins.

After bleaching, rinse the diffuser and shake or push the residual solution out of the inside of the diffuser bowl. Then rinse with water. Now with about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water and a capful of Seachem Prime (or favorite dechlorinator as long as it can take care of chlorine and chloramine) soak the diffuser in the solution for a half hour or longer if you want just to be safe. After this the last step is rinse and shake and now reinstall. Do this process again when you notice the CO2 bubbles to be too large, or not coming out at 30 psi, or inconsistent or just growing algae. A clean diffuser works best.

For hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)

Using h202 will require a different process. You can do a fast way or slow way.

Fast way

Using Naekuh's method
This is what i do, and it only takes 5 minutes TOPS, and u get a spanking clear diffuser.

1. I get a syringe... (if u dont have one, u should get one... they are awesome when dosing or spot treating if u ever need it...)
2. I attach a little tubing to the syringe and diffuser directly.
3. I pour a little H2O2 on the ceramic disk, and then i use the syringe to apply vacume so i pull the H2O2 though the disk.
4. I pull the syringe... fill it with H2O2... reattach it to the hose.. and then apply pressure to force H2O2 back though the diffuser onto a clean napkin to absorb the H2O2.
5. I repeat the vacuum and pressure with H2O2 until i notice its easier to feed the H2O2 into the diffuser.
6. Then once im done with the H2O2, i repeat a couple more times with Distilled H2O to force any left over H2O2 out.

Then my diffuser is about brand spanking good as new in less then the time it would take for you to soak it in anything.
(originan post here )

Using slow method

Simply let it soak for an hour or more and rinse and reinstall.

Other chemicals you can use

Tilex (Tom Barr uses this see here)
Excel, although this can be expensive.

Always remember to rinse very well before reinstalling the diffuser.

A previous discusion about cleaning ceramic diffusers can be read here

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That's really detailed info. Thanks!!

I will try the syringe h2o2 method.
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Yeah it seems to be the fastest method with virtually no harmful chemical residue to deal with. Btw you could always just keep a decent amount of h2o2 in a container and use the plunger on the syringe to suck in and push out the h2o2. then simply recap the container and reuse when you need. Always remember to store the container in a dark place. light reacts with h2o2 and neutralizes it and turns it back into water.

I like the new amano shrimp

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Thanks. It didn't seem to like the green algae on grass but took a piece of algae waffle and ran away with it. Pretty awesome watching it
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I just got this tank, haven't set it up yet as I've been researching. Is the Co2 absolutely necessary for it to thrive? What type of substrate are you using?
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I'm using Eco complete. I have not had any luck with hc and no co2.
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I'm using Eco complete. I have not had any luck with hc and no co2.
Are you putting any media in the stock filter? Is the stock light working out for you? I got a good deal on the tank but I'm worried it won't be sufficient.
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