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04-14-2014 02:31 AM
Jason K Thanks lam...yea, if your ferts and co2 are in order, it's the thing to do...hopefully you won't have to go as low as me.

Flash, for sure a dimmer would've come in handy. I'm too cheap to swap out my lights yet tho.
04-14-2014 02:00 AM
Green_Flash Same thing happened to me on a 60p, those SMD LED chips are very powerful, wish they had made the fixtures dimmable. (no excuse really).

But they look very nice like when you first started.
04-14-2014 01:51 AM
lamiskool man those are beautiful tanks, im surprised they are growing so well with only 4 hours! I might lower my photoperiod time!
04-14-2014 01:33 AM
Jason K Hey parrot, about 12-15 little guys. The guys at the LFS took them for their home tanks.
04-14-2014 01:15 AM
parrottbay Tanks look awesome, too bad you gave away those baby otos! What was the amount you ended up with?!
04-13-2014 11:58 PM
Jason K One year update!

So I essentially shut down these tanks last summer, a month or so after my last post...algae maintenance and frustration was taking up too much of my time. I gave away all my fauna, including the oto babies, to the LFS. I removed most of the plants, and essentially left the tanks to their own devices, with very infrequent water changes and no ferts...although I left the CO2 running. There were literally sheets of algae I'd remove every month or so. I also started reducing the photoperiod every so often, from 8hrs all the way down to 4hrs. When I hit 4 hrs, I noticed something interesting...the algae started to die back significantly, and the remaining plants starting to grow.

So, I started these puppies up in earnest again with the 4 hr photoperiod in December, and these tanks have had good plant growth and, more importantly, have had manageable algae since.

Moral of the story? I wish I had purchased different lights. And, plants can grow with a 4 hr photoperiod. Only real fail was glosso...which would not creep w/ that photoperiod, but grew vertical instead. Also java moss is growing painfully slowly...which may not be a bad thing.

Some pics:
Straight ahead...
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And the viewing angle from my couch
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12-27-2013 04:26 PM
pink4miss beautiful tanks!!! i had to look to see if i could see your tank after your comment on another thread about the aqua sky and aqua soil. AND WOW very nice! they look great side by side!
08-17-2013 11:40 PM
JohnD72992 Update??
05-20-2013 06:50 PM
Jason K
Originally Posted by ETK View Post
Looks great! Way to be persistent with the algae. I am in a similar battle, and trying resist the temptation for drastic measures.

Yeah, I think that's the right approach. Good luck to you.
05-20-2013 06:46 PM
Jason K Thanks guys. Each tanks started with just a pair of otos. I think the fact there were no other fish, and plenty of algae, led to the breeding. Will do updates on the survival rate, etc. The female is still plenty fat, I think she's gonna keep laying eggs.
05-19-2013 10:55 PM
Allentan97 i wish my otos would breed... then I wouldnt need to buy them, congrats! and the tanks look awesome! how many otos did you buy?
05-19-2013 10:00 PM
Green_Flash Congrats, despite the algae, both tanks are looking nice.
05-19-2013 06:57 PM
Couesfanatic those baby oto's are awesome!
05-19-2013 05:39 PM
Two 45Ps build: Now with Oto fry

Looks great! Way to be persistent with the algae. I am in a similar battle, and trying resist the temptation for drastic measures.
05-19-2013 04:54 PM
assasin6547 Omg I see them!

Keep up the great work.
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