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Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 06:46 PM
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Posted By mike_freegan
Well this has been growing a coat of slimy...

Well this has been growing a coat of slimy blue-green algae over EVERYTHING for the best part of a year, but I've finally solved it.

It was too much light. I initially used the SMD LED bulbs from...
Forum: Algae 08-14-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By mike_freegan
Well, Otos and Amano now resident. Bought...

Well, Otos and Amano now resident.

Bought some lower power G10s (although they still seem excessive)

Algae is still going strong. The otos seem to get rid of the stuff on the leaves but the...
Forum: Algae 08-03-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By mike_freegan
Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate negligable. ...

Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate negligable.

So, I guess this comes down to phosphate or lighting. I'll test phosphate on Monday.

However, I was looking at my LEDs. Each 4w LED bulb is probably...
Forum: Algae 08-01-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By mike_freegan
I have now reduced CO2 to 1 bubble per second...

I have now reduced CO2 to 1 bubble per second (although I think the drop checker is giving a false reading as it has remained yellow for days).

Purchased amano shrimp. I will grab an otto...
Forum: Algae 08-01-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By mike_freegan
Well I'm not entirely sure how I can, but I will...

Well I'm not entirely sure how I can, but I will try to raise the lights. They're currently about 7.5cm above the surface of the water.

For info, this is the spec on the lamps (I got the day white...
Forum: Algae 08-01-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By mike_freegan
Thanks guys. Here is some more info / photos. ...

Thanks guys. Here is some more info / photos.

The algae kind of gets on everything. Glass, plants, substrate. it starts kinda fluffy and gets thicker and darker and becomes a layer of slime.
...
Forum: Algae 07-31-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By mike_freegan
The algae is still going strong. CO2 drop test is...

The algae is still going strong. CO2 drop test is showing fine. Any other ideas? Should I reduce lighting?

Change my bulbs?
Forum: Algae 07-24-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By mike_freegan
Thank you. I'll keep trucking then. Perhaps...

Thank you.

I'll keep trucking then. Perhaps turn the CO2 down a notch, although I did only just put the drop checker in 30 mins before that photo.

The fish are behaving fine. Trying to eat...
Forum: Algae 07-24-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By mike_freegan
I'm pretty sure this is hair algae. Erm... HELP!

Hey everyone

Newish tank here. Aquasoil Amazonia substrate and dosing minimal ferts. Pressurised CO2 going in.

Lighting and CO2 is 4 hours on, 4 hours off, 4 hours on.

I guess it is kind of...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-18-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By mike_freegan
Well 3 weeks since planting and here's what it...

Well 3 weeks since planting and here's what it looks like. I got some pretty bad algae going on - I presume because it's not fully cycled and the filter was rubbish and offered poor circulation (now...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-30-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By mike_freegan
OK, giant hygro, dwarf hairgrass and rotala all...

OK, giant hygro, dwarf hairgrass and rotala all planted.

Planted using Aquasoil Amazonia.

Fire extinguisher CO2 with a cheap combi regulator/solenoid from eBay.

Currently running lighting at...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-24-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By mike_freegan
Hey guys I started planting this up today...

Hey guys

I started planting this up today (pics soon)

I got some Giant hygro ( Hygrophila siemensis ) and some Rotala rotundifolia.

Should I prune these back straight away? Or wait until...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-23-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By mike_freegan
It is a Dennerle 30 Nano Cube bought from Swell...

It is a Dennerle 30 Nano Cube bought from Swell UK. It was only about 35 delivered and comes with a lid, underpadding and backing. The front edges are curved and seamless.
Forum: Tank Journals 03-22-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By mike_freegan
Thanks guys. It didn't actually take long at all...

Thanks guys. It didn't actually take long at all once all the bits arrived. Maybe 2 hours?

Here is a bit of a better angle:
...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-22-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By mike_freegan
Nano Cube DIY Build

Hello everyone. I'm currently rocking a Fluval Edge, but I've had enough of the problems with trying to get light all the way to the corners, and problems maintaining the tank without tearing all the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-20-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
Sorry, I'm feeling argumentative. So you...

Sorry, I'm feeling argumentative.

So you took a 90 tank, cut the top off and removed all of the stands and tech, so that it looks exactly like a tank that you can buy for 10?

I would have...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-13-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
You're probably not going to grow much other than...

You're probably not going to grow much other than algae if you're running lights with no CO2.

Believe me; I'm an expert at growing algae.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-12-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
I'm new to this, but from what I gather, there is...

I'm new to this, but from what I gather, there is no such thing as 'too much light'. So long as you get enough CO2 in there to balance it out, you'll be fine.

I'd imagine that the standard Fluval...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-11-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
Well I ran MR16 21 SMD LED bulbs for about 8...

Well I ran MR16 21 SMD LED bulbs for about 8 months with no problem. In the last month, I've got through 3 (at 9 a pop). I think something must be wearing out with the driver whcih is making them...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
Where have you guys put your CO2 diffusers? I...

Where have you guys put your CO2 diffusers? I originally had mine off to the side but I've just moved it to dead centre so that the bubbles either get blown into the tank in the current, or sucked...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 12-12-2011, 12:14 AM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
Hey guys. Replaced my halogens with MR16 SMD LEDs...

Hey guys. Replaced my halogens with MR16 SMD LEDs about 6 months ago. Lately they've started flickering when turning on, and they won't remain lit unless I jiggle them. Then they seem to be fine.
...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-30-2011, 10:53 PM
Replies: 1,940
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Posted By mike_freegan
OK, so had my HC in here for about 6 days and it...

OK, so had my HC in here for about 6 days and it pearls up every day :)

Must say, I'm very impressed with this Fluval Stratum substrate so far!

Can anyone recommend a decent mid / background...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-25-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1,940
Views: 663,824
Posted By mike_freegan
Wow, people are getting very fancy with their...

Wow, people are getting very fancy with their mods. Some of these projects are unbelievable.

Anyway, changed my substrate to Fluval Stratum and planted some HC to compliment the java fern and...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-11-2011, 09:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,887
Posted By mike_freegan
Hey guys Everything's growing great, but I'm...

Hey guys

Everything's growing great, but I'm still suffering algae.

I don't have a test kit, but I was thinking maybe some stem plants would suck up spare nutrients that algae was growing on....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-18-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,887
Posted By mike_freegan
OK update. Generally, things are going well....

OK update.

Generally, things are going well. the grass (Which I now believe to be pygmy chain sword) is spreading really fast. I guess thanks to the flourish comprehensive and root tabs and 8...
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