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Old 11-25-2012, 01:24 PM   #166
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Thanks all, where could I get Amanos? Do I have to buy online, or is there a chance I could find them locally?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:19 PM   #167
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Rachel is great on both prices and shipping if you can't find them local.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #168
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Hey guys it's been awhile. Photo updates coming soon, however, I'd like to report some problems I'm having with this tank. I seem to be in that stage where nothing is going right.
First off, my water is constantly cloudy. I replaced my carbon and did a water change, which initially did the trick, but it's come back again after only a couple days. It looks like a whitish cloud at first but it seems to be turning yellow, slightly green.
Secondly, algae is still bad. On top of spirogyra and diatoms, regular green algae seems to be in constant supply. I'm wondering if my lighting is too intense; perhaps I should move it up a couple inches?
Thirdly, three of my ricca rocks, which had grown to a size much larger than the actual rocks, now detached themselves. Most likely because I used cotton thread, which I now remember biodegrades. I really reallly hope I don't see this happen with all my others.
Oh, and my Eheim seems to be making "swishing" noises lately, as if there's water running somewhere. Usually I can just tilt it, and the air bubbles will come out, but it's not working.
Anyone who could help with these problems would be greatly appreciated, I would love to get this tank back to an enjoyable state.

That's too much text without a picture, so here's one of my little sister eating a Christmas cookie.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:45 PM   #169
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Week Nine Update

Well, this isn't going to be the prettiest update. Cloudy water and algae make this tank a mess. In my last post I think I pretty much covered all the problems, but I'll illustrate with pictures. I hope I can get this all fixed up by Christmas time. Once I get paid hopefully I can get Seachem Purigen and Clarity, as well as amanos. Of course other suggestions are welcome.







One more problem. As you can see, there is some brown algae on the glass that is just too hard to scrub off with a toothbrush. Any solutions?
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #170
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For that algae on the glass, I'm becoming a big fan of 'magic erasers.' If you try it, be sure to use the plain ones as some have detergents added. All you want are the plain original eraser.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:01 PM   #171
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Get a small algae scraper or magnet.

Two Little Fishies makes a product ($6-$8) that is really tiny and perfect for tanks like yours so you don't disturb plants or substrate. They're a million times smaller than the MagFloat cleaners.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #172
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Great ideas guys, thanks a lot.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #173
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Use an old credit card or plastic card and just scrape it off the glass. Put your elbows into it! Sure, the algae bits will go into the water but shrimps or otos will pick it up somewhere eventually and eat it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #174
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:49 AM   #175
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Magic Eraser worked wonderfully, at least for green algae. For the future I'm looking at that Two Little Fishies Product.
Purigen in today, Amano's in tomorrow (found a local supplier)- Things are looking better. My Goal was to get the tank looking good by Christmas, and I might just get there! Anyways, pictures soon if everything goes according to plan. Merry Christmas Everybody!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:41 PM   #176
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Week Thirteen Update

It's been far too long since an update- with the holidays, sickness, work, and school starting again, I've just plain been too busy.
Anyways, much has changed in the past month. With new filter media, purigen, new algae scrubbers, and most importantly, Algaefix, most of the problems which plagued this tank have receded or altogether disappeared. Water is again crystal clear, spirogyra is gone, and diatoms and crazy green algae have receded drastically.
HC has grown in fairly well, not a complete carpet yet, but I've come quite a way. You can see I had to retie some riccia. This was due to a trimming mistake, and I used fishing line this time to ensure longevity.
Also, I added two amano's, but both mysteriously disappeared within a week..

The Two Little Fishies scrubbers are pretty great. They do their job well and make the whole process very simple. My only complaint is the magfox pipe scrubber doesn't fit in 3/8" tubes like it's supposed to. I'm considering cutting it a sliver smaller so it will..
In the near future I plan to purchase an ADA Spring washer for my lily pipes, as well as Do!Aqua Scissors and Pinsettes, and add fauna to the tank. I'm hoping I can find the Boraras and Pygmy Cories locally, but if not, I'll have to buy online.















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Old 01-12-2013, 12:10 AM   #177
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Nice! Filling in nicely ^^
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:37 AM   #178
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I love the rocks! It's like something you would find out of a fairytale book!

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Old 01-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #179
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Thanks for the compliments guys!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:35 PM   #180
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That tanks a stunner!
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