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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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oh no planaria!!

ok so I have my 55 up and running only plants and 3 threaded nerite snails occupy it at the moment.

55 gallon
Rena XP3
108 w t5 ho lights for 6 hours, was 8 but I cut it back after I had some green spot algae break out haven't had it back yet since cutting hours.
Pressurized CO2@ 3 bps with a diffuser and power head on top for tank circulation
Dosing aquarium ferts Mmn formula
Eco complete 1" deep with pool filter sand 1" to 1 1/2" deep cap

Anyway I added driftwood to the tank to float until it sank and next thing I know when I get home from work, I can't see a damn thing (expected) but I also had thread algae outbreak and I noticed planaria. I don't feed any fauna, all I have in there right now is the snails. So my question is if I'm not feeding the tank how can I get planaria badly enough for me to see it?

Also would the tannins either just being there or blocking so much light cause the thread algae outbreak? I tried to remove as much as I could and I did a 70% water change and took the driftwood out. FYI I don't think the driftwood caused the planaria because it was never in water before if that matters. I already lost 2 plants in 1 day to the thread algae and others had it on that I was able to get a majority of it off.

Any suggestions would help me greatly. I'm trying to get this tank right before adding fish and so far it's not working out too well .

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 04:41 AM
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Pictures go a long way in accessing what's wrong.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures of what exactly? The tank, the plants, the algae, the driftwood or the planaria?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-07-2012, 05:21 PM
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Pictures of what exactly? The tank, the plants, the algae, the driftwood or the planaria?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 01:02 AM
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You sort out your planaria problem? I hate pests so much....
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