|08-30-2006 04:46 PM|
- fish newb -
|08-30-2006 04:19 AM|
I'm sure there are things you can do to minimize algae in low-tech, maybe I'm wrong as I can't say from experience. Articles I've read make it sound possible. The control via algae eaters, etc. is necessary but it should not be the primary mode of attack IMO.
|08-30-2006 01:21 AM|
DO NOT add SAE add a group of Albino Bushy Nose Plecos they are AWSOME algea eaters. they are also usually good priced. check swap n shop and aquabid for them.
- fish newb -
algea in low tech is normal.. you just need to find out how to controll it.....
|08-30-2006 12:49 AM|
new low tech tank
starting a new tank out on a diet of EXCELL has proved to me to be the best way to keep your algae at bay.on a 75 gal 7 capfuls at water change and 3 caps every other day.you can cut back at about six weeks.you don't have to overdose when using on a new tank setup.i have 7 tanks setup this way and don't regret it.low maintenence way to go. regards,cornhusker
|08-28-2006 11:55 PM|
New low-tech tank, seeking advice (56k warning )
I converted my fish only tank to a low-tech tank. I wanted to get some input to make sure I'm off to a great start. My goal was to follow a low-tech approach similar to some write-ups by Tom Barr re low-tech tanks. I want to have a low-tech plant with low maintenance, minimal water changes, etc.
Some info on my setup:
The tank was previously established as a fish only. I changed the substrate and started adding plants around 2 weeks ago on Aug 10. The tank is fully cycled already because I already had fish in it Nitrites=0, ammonia=0, Nitrates~40ppm, ph ~ 7.8. I have not done any dosing yet but was planning on doing minimal dosing probably starting in a few weeks.
So far the plants are looking good, however I am seeing hair algae begin to form on some of the plants. Looks like over the last week is when it started on a bacopa and is spreading. I can see small strands on almost all the plants now. I've also noticed the brown diatoms begin to start forming on various plants.
I'm thinking part of what I need is to replace some of my Java fern with faster growing stem plants to out-compete algae like more Hygro's, Limnophila sessiliflora, ludwigia repens, etc I was also considering getting 4-5 SAE's but not sure about that yet and I know that's not a solution to the algae.
Any guidance would be appreciated. I'm enjoying this but I'm a little concerned that I may need to make some adjustments here.
Here's a couple of pics. Don't let the tank background fool you, I need to replace/remove it. It makes it look like I have more plants than I really do.
One pic is the left side one is the right side: