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Old 08-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #16
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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.
Thank you for the advice mistergreen! Will keep you posted here at The Planted Tank. I've been keeping aquariums on this same spot. The tank before this was a plantless tank where I keep my nerite snails and wild shrimps for several months withou water chages. I only added water on it when the sun evaporated 1/3rd of the tank water after 2months but did not do waterchange. Like this tank that previous tank never had algae because of my algae busters: nerites and shrimps. :-) Will post more photos in the weeks and months and hopefully years to come, hopefully. :-)
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:02 PM   #17
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Full sun tanks are the best. The growth and color is unreal.

Freshman year at uni I had one with a south window and full sun every day. The colors produced where amazing.

When I did a 90% trim the algae that resulted was equally as amazing

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You look to be doing it well.

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Old 08-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #18
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Full sun tanks are the best. The growth and color is unreal.

Freshman year at uni I had one with a south window and full sun every day. The colors produced where amazing.

When I did a 90% trim the algae that resulted was equally as amazing

Playing with fire is fun

You look to be doing it well.

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Thanks Andrew! Will show photos of algae the moment they appear on this tank. :-)
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:54 AM   #19
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I'm surprised you haven't gotten green water yet. I'm growing some emersed plants outside and had green water on the second day. It doesn't bother me or the plants since their leaves are out of the water.

I'm saving on the light bill too. The plants are growing like weeds.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #20
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Amazing how the "rules" can trampled on when a aquarium (or pond) is in balance.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #21
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I'm surprised you haven't gotten green water yet. I'm growing some emersed plants outside and had green water on the second day. It doesn't bother me or the plants since their leaves are out of the water.

I'm saving on the light bill too. The plants are growing like weeds.
I once did an experiment on my old tank on this same spot. I took away the nerite snails and shrimps for 5 days and the water turned green and the glass and plants were filled with algae. But when I put back the nerite snails and shrimps and changed the water but did nothing to the algae manually. I just let the shrimps and snails do their thing and they did very well! After 5days I had zero algae already!
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I once did an experiment on my old tank on this same spot. I took away the nerite snails and shrimps for 5 days and the water turned green and the glass and plants were filled with algae. But when I put back the nerite snails and shrimps and changed the water but did nothing to the algae manually. I just let the shrimps and snails do their thing and they did very well! After 5days I had zero algae already!
Are you using CO2? Fert?
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #23
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Are you using CO2? Fert?
Yes sir. This present tank has pressurized co2 at 3-5 bps even sometimes overnight when I forget to turn it off. Also put macro/micro fertz 1-2tbsp weekly. Waterchange 30-50% if Im not feeling lazy once a week. sunlight all day long. :-)
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #24
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Wondering if the tank would be out of balance without CO2? Or just slowing down in growth. Very intriguing.
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Wondering if the tank would be out of balance without CO2? Or just slowing down in growth. Very intriguing.
The tank beside this has no co2 and still no algae.

Here's a photo

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Cool, seems like snails and shrimps are the key to algae prevention. CO2 and water quality plays a secondary role.
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I've never been able to keep nerites with CO2. Probably because the acidic water bites away at their shells?


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I've never been able to keep nerites with CO2. Probably because the acidic water bites away at their shells?


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Nope. The shells of my nerites are very much ok even with co2 daily.
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