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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Direct Sunlight Without Algae Problems

Hi guys! I just want to share my outdoor tank. It's been more than a moth since setup and to save electricity I have placed this under direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset. I only have a medium sized sponge filter and seldom do water changes. Maybe just once every week and sometimes once in two weeks. I still don't have algae problems because of my faithful shrimps and nerite snails.












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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 04:16 AM
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wow thats awesome dude, come set my up.
n wow look at all that snails. you should hook me up
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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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Algae no longer a problem even under direct sunlight from sunrise to sundown. :-)
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post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 04:47 AM
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Very nice tank bro! Look at those snails. Yummmeeeee. lol
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Thanks! Those snails look like candies! :-)
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Wow how did you get so many nerites???
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What is that tree looking plant it looks awesome.
Your snails have enough algae so they dont mind nibbling on plants.
Your tank is beautiful! I really appreciate it!
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That is the tree form of HC?
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post #9 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Wow how did you get so many nerites???
I collect them from a nearby spring :-)
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I can setup your tank for free inabox! just bring me there! lol!
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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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The tree-looking thing is just a mangrove root turned upsidedown and the leaves are Hydrocotyle tripartita. I like it better than moss for leaves. Not yet very commonly used on trees.
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sunlight provides UV light to an extent, i believe this affects algae growth to an extent
i had a bucket full of a basket ball sized crypt that was melting releasing ammonia and nutrients in the water, one stem of glandulosa grew for 7 days like that in the bucket just floating. grew great and no algae was ever present
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sunlight provides UV light to an extent, i believe this affects algae growth to an extent
i had a bucket full of a basket ball sized crypt that was melting releasing ammonia and nutrients in the water, one stem of glandulosa grew for 7 days like that in the bucket just floating. grew great and no algae was ever present
That is great sir! Thanks for the info.
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Be careful with a sun tank. I have one but not for more than a few hour of sun.

It can get out of hand pretty quickly like algae can take over if one little thing was ignore like you ran out of co2 or forgot to dose nutrients. It's best if you can filter the sun with a canopy or a big umbrella.

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