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vandominic 08-04-2012 03:10 AM

Direct Sunlight Without Algae Problems
 
Hi guys! I just want to share my outdoor tank. It's been more than a moth since setup and to save electricity I have placed this under direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset. I only have a medium sized sponge filter and seldom do water changes. Maybe just once every week and sometimes once in two weeks. I still don't have algae problems because of my faithful shrimps and nerite snails.



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http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/t...utdoorTank.jpg


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In.a.Box 08-04-2012 03:16 AM

wow thats awesome dude, come set my up.
n wow look at all that snails. you should hook me up :)

vandominic 08-04-2012 03:29 AM

Algae no longer a problem even under direct sunlight from sunrise to sundown. :-)

Perryboat 08-04-2012 03:47 AM

Very nice tank bro! Look at those snails. Yummmeeeee. lol

vandominic 08-04-2012 04:19 AM

Thanks! Those snails look like candies! :-)

brainwavepc.com 08-04-2012 08:15 AM

Wow how did you get so many nerites???

Indian fern 08-04-2012 08:25 AM

What is that tree looking plant it looks awesome.
Your snails have enough algae so they dont mind nibbling on plants.
Your tank is beautiful! I really appreciate it!

king kong 08-04-2012 11:19 AM

That is the tree form of HC?

vandominic 08-04-2012 11:29 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by brainwavepc.com (Post 1967430)
Wow how did you get so many nerites???

I collect them from a nearby spring :-)

vandominic 08-04-2012 11:31 AM

I can setup your tank for free inabox! just bring me there! lol!

vandominic 08-04-2012 11:33 AM

The tree-looking thing is just a mangrove root turned upsidedown and the leaves are Hydrocotyle tripartita. I like it better than moss for leaves. Not yet very commonly used on trees.

HD Blazingwolf 08-04-2012 11:40 AM

sunlight provides UV light to an extent, i believe this affects algae growth to an extent
i had a bucket full of a basket ball sized crypt that was melting releasing ammonia and nutrients in the water, one stem of glandulosa grew for 7 days like that in the bucket just floating. grew great and no algae was ever present

vandominic 08-04-2012 11:54 AM

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/t...ideAStream.jpg

vandominic 08-04-2012 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HD Blazingwolf (Post 1967479)
sunlight provides UV light to an extent, i believe this affects algae growth to an extent
i had a bucket full of a basket ball sized crypt that was melting releasing ammonia and nutrients in the water, one stem of glandulosa grew for 7 days like that in the bucket just floating. grew great and no algae was ever present

That is great sir! Thanks for the info.

mistergreen 08-04-2012 12:59 PM

Be careful with a sun tank. I have one but not for more than a few hour of sun.

It can get out of hand pretty quickly like algae can take over if one little thing was ignore like you ran out of co2 or forgot to dose nutrients. It's best if you can filter the sun with a canopy or a big umbrella.


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