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11-01-2011 04:51 AM
MsNemoShrimp Thanks for the warning.
10-31-2011 10:35 PM
msawdey be careful having it run 24/7.... if the lights are not on... no CO2 is being taken up by the plants.. which means its staying in the water and ur depriving fish of O2 and causing a ph swing downward

PS where in SD are you... im in PB
10-31-2011 09:07 PM
MsNemoShrimp
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I just went back through your link to the tank thread - I love the bridge! Cool looking tank!
Thank you!
10-31-2011 10:23 AM
driftwoodhunter I just went back through your link to the tank thread - I love the bridge! Cool looking tank!
10-31-2011 08:46 AM
MsNemoShrimp That is true. I have a drop checker. My tank is constantly running 0.5-1 bps almost 24/7. More like 15 hours a day. Plants looking healthy, pH is constant, no shifting and my CRS are looking good : )
10-31-2011 02:47 AM
msawdey Bps can be a bit hard to estimate. Get a kh or a drop checker
10-26-2011 11:16 PM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by msawdey View Post
a seriously common misconception is that algae is bad for tanks... its a balancing act between plants and algae competing for nutrients. Best way to prevent algae from over taking is establishing the plants and use a ton of co2 for the first 2 weeks.. This usually means no fish
Thank you for your input. Very well said. We are going into our 4th week soon so we must have done the CO2 and lighting right. The O2 at first is around 3-4bps, now only back down to 1-2 and the CRS are doing just fine. When more higher grades come him, I hope to get away with just 0.5-1bps
10-26-2011 07:45 PM
msawdey a seriously common misconception is that algae is bad for tanks... its a balancing act between plants and algae competing for nutrients. Best way to prevent algae from over taking is establishing the plants and use a ton of co2 for the first 2 weeks.. This usually means no fish
10-26-2011 09:33 AM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by HypnoticAquatic View Post
i never ever go by what they say it should be on but over filtration is much much better than less! just get the current/flow set correctly i still want to hook up my fx5 to my 40b i cant belive u get white clouds for that cheap thats awsome! i wouldnt worry at all about the osmocoat that doesnt cause gw inbalance in light co2 ext ext is what causes that so if its fine now it should keep the same heading later.
The White clouds here are consider feeder fishes so they are the cheapest I could find to cycle. Can't really beat 10 for $1. When someone buys $5 or more, I just imagine they grab a whole bunch and not even bother to count 50 fishes.

As for the over filtration, that is why we went with the 501. Since its rated 20-30, its close to double our tank size so thought it should be "decent" enough. Any larger rated canisters are too big to put on the table, hosing is uglier because its larger, etc. so we though the 501 would be a perfect match
10-26-2011 08:58 AM
HypnoticAquatic i never ever go by what they say it should be on but over filtration is much much better than less! just get the current/flow set correctly i still want to hook up my fx5 to my 40b i cant belive u get white clouds for that cheap thats awsome! i wouldnt worry at all about the osmocoat that doesnt cause gw inbalance in light co2 ext ext is what causes that so if its fine now it should keep the same heading later.
10-26-2011 08:49 AM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by shrimpnmoss View Post
Your filter is a bit small for a 12g long. I use the same filter on a 2.5g. Stagnate water causes some algae. Do you have algae now? Diatoms are inevitable but ottos and snails each those quick.
Oh really? I recall they were rated for 20-30 gallons right? Very good flow and very minimal algae.
10-26-2011 05:39 AM
shrimpnmoss Your filter is a bit small for a 12g long. I use the same filter on a 2.5g. Stagnate water causes some algae. Do you have algae now? Diatoms are inevitable but ottos and snails each those quick.
10-26-2011 01:18 AM
MsNemoShrimp Thanks for everyone that participated. Starting a new tank with very minimal algae is a success!

For anyone interested on how I did it, here my my journal: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ournal-mr.html
10-14-2011 08:29 PM
MsNemoShrimp So far my water is crystal clear. My bf's tank has the same amount of Osmocotes in his tank, 6 months later, water is still crystal clear...
10-14-2011 07:30 PM
herns
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Originally Posted by Optix View Post
too much osmocote already...you have green water in your future

I may misunderstood this. But, does too much Osmocote cause green water?
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