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11-03-2014 01:49 AM
devilduck
Taking Out the Big Guns vs GDA

I've been fighting GDA of months and I'm tired of it. I've tried fiddling with the light levels/ferts schedule to no avail. I purchased a baby bristle-nose pleco, which did a good job controlling until it discovered it's easier to steal algae tabs from the pygmy corys and bully them around. After a few months I felt he just got too big for this tank and moved him into my 29g.

After I pulled and trimmed off all the algae covered plants I decided to throw in the town and invested in a Aquatop HOB style UV sterilizer. The sterilizer is a pretty nice unit, the UV bulb is 5 watts, included is a surface skimmer, a simple carbon and floss cartridge, a small bag of ceramic media, and has adjustable flow. I think there might just be enough room to squeeze in a 100mg bag of Purigen too. To increase dwell time in the UV chamber I turned the flow as long as it will go without getting too noisy. Not bad for $34 off of amazon.

The surface skimmer is a very nice plus. Does a decent job of removing surface scum and small floating bits of plants. Believe me if you have some type of carpeting plant you'll always have small bit of them floating around.
The downside is that it sucked in and killed one of my chili rasboras, I immediately removed it after that incident. Now i'm down to just a single chili...

I've had it on about 2 weeks and there has been a dramatic decrease in GDA! Whenever I see GDA start forming on the glass I scrap it off so that it can be sucked into the sterilizer. Hopefully in about a month I can finally be GDA free and I can remove the UV.

I lost a couple of fish due to some illness brought in from a sick scarlet badis.

Current fauna:

1 lone chili rasbora
2 very shy danio erythromicron
7-8 Pygmy cories
1 Amano shrimp
Random fluctuating number of ramshorn snails




04-28-2014 12:50 AM
devilduck A quick update.

Things aren't going too well after I switched to dry dosing AquariumFertilizer.com's Macro/Micro mix and elevated the main light up 3 inches. All my downai and L. sp. Red melted away, which I replaced with blyxa.

I'm seeing a combo of green spot algae and green dust algae, BBA or staghorn on some plants. My previously perfectly green lawn of dhg belem is yellowing in certain spots.

I've lowered my light back down to the top of the tank and still adjusting my fertilizer and co2 levels in hopes of bringing everything back under control.




My poor Alternanthera reineckii sp Mini! Covered with green spot and green dust algae. I might have to scrap these and start again with tops from my other tank.


Amanos working hard but not making much of a dent.


04-22-2014 03:41 PM
Chris_Produces Any update on this tank? Looks great!
03-26-2014 03:36 PM
devilduck Thanks ilk check them out! I got the BN pleco and amanos from Golden Aquarium. Not sure if the BN is a dwarf or not.


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Originally Posted by MichaelMcG View Post
Great looking tank! DHG looks amazing!

I will always keep a BN pleco. They do help with the glass, but they are also one of my favorite fish. There is Animal Island in Midlothian, about 143rd and Cicero that has dwarf BN plecos. They only get like 2.5 inches max.

Where did you get your amano from?
03-26-2014 03:33 PM
devilduck It was my first time attempting it. I slowly pulled up a section from the substrate then clipped it with a pair of long scissors. It was a messy operation.

The roots are pretty tightly woven.

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Originally Posted by lamiskool View Post
curious how you were able to remove the DHG without uprooting the whole thing? My lawn need to be trimmed sometime lol
03-26-2014 05:20 AM
limz_777 nice buddha head , i got a similar one too
03-26-2014 03:15 AM
lamiskool curious how you were able to remove the DHG without uprooting the whole thing? My lawn need to be trimmed sometime lol
03-26-2014 03:12 AM
MichaelMcG Great looking tank! DHG looks amazing!

I will always keep a BN pleco. They do help with the glass, but they are also one of my favorite fish. There is Animal Island in Midlothian, about 143rd and Cicero that has dwarf BN plecos. They only get like 2.5 inches max.

Where did you get your amano from?
03-24-2014 02:34 AM
devilduck Making great headway with my war against endless Green Dust Algae!

I've been fighting it with co2, light, excel, h2o2, and more/less ferts for months. None of tinkering made a dent, the GDA would just come back in a matter of hours and cover the glass after a couple of days.

Finally I remembered reading this thread a few months back:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=#post5603841

At first I was skeptical and I really didn't think a bushy nose pleco would be a smart thing to do in my already overstocked tank. After a visit to my LFS to look at an expensive UV unit I caved and bought a single 1.5" juvenile BN pleco and a couple more amano shrimps.

Less than 24 hours later I was nearly algae free! That little bn scraped every side of the tank! I was dumbstruck.

He had some problem getting to the parts where my carpet of dhg belem grew against the glass, so today I removed a portion of the carpet to give him easier access.



The other parts of my algae crew; ramshorn snails and 4 amano shrimps:



I also added a Finnex light risers made by Fuze that props my Fugeray up 3 inches and gives me better coverage over the tank.





03-02-2014 02:58 PM
CAPSLOK Looks really good! I love those little pygmy cories.
01-31-2014 09:34 PM
Asu1776 Cool idea! The picture of the pigmy corys on top of the head was funny.
12-20-2013 06:30 PM
devilduck I started with 10 but lost 2 to a fin rot outbreak. The remaining ones are doing great! They've grown from the initial size of less than a 1/2in to 3/4in. Very active and fun fish. They like to either hang around on top of the buddha head, dig amongst the dwarf hair grass or surf the outflow.

For any fish the more room the better, but 1-1.5 pygmy cory per gallon seems to be a good general rule.
12-20-2013 05:42 PM
skindy Awesome update! Do you still have most of your pygmy cories? I've been considering some but I was under the impression I needed at least a 10g for 5+ cories. How are yours doing?
12-20-2013 04:29 PM
devilduck Some updates, did a slight rescape.

Added a sparkling gourami.

Battling some green dust algae that has started appearing on the glass.



Ginga Rubra Guppies coloring up:


Sparkling Gourami:




12-19-2013 05:47 PM
synaethetic Excellent little tank. Probably a good move to add the additional light, looks like you are going to a have a densely planted tank in no time at all!
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