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Old 03-19-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Paragon's "Let's Try This" 55g


4/29 - I haven't had a chance to do ANYTHING with the tank other than water changes, so, well, it's overgrown. I missed some fertilizer doses, so there's currently a potassium short, complete with a lot of holey leaves on the bottom of the hygro. My fault, so a good incentive to take more action. When I get a chance, everything is going to be cut down and scaled back. However, the overgrowth has helped with a bit of the algae.



This tank has gone through about 10 iterations as I've changed the stock, shape, and light in the tank.

I got a Hagen T5 dual light glow today, so I figured I should switch things up to medium/high light.

Equipment is otherwise otherwise an Eheim pro 300 filter and the occasional heater. I'm debating throwing in a powerhead to fix up some deadzones, but to be honest, the water pressure from the Eheim is a bit intense. I like having layers where the fish can relax.

Substrate: Fluorite
Three pieces of driftwood I picked up from somewhere (one came with anubias roots tucked in. Took me over a year to get them to grow, but I did it)
Black backdrop.


To be honest, I have no idea about my actual plant list:
Melon swords
Amazons sword
What used to be peacock moss and is now a salad bar for my rams/hybrids
Hygrophila difformis
Anubias nana
Dwarf hygro (maybe?)
Needle-leaf java fern
Anubias nana
Anubias nana petite
Crypt retrospiralis
Some myriophyllum
...other stuff that was mislabeled at petco but that is growing nicely as a foreground plant

Stock list:
3 dwarf rainbows
7 rummynose tetras
1 white platy
3 molly/platy hybrids
~12 cardinal tetras and 1 neon
2 kribs
3 longtail rams
1 blue ram
3 congo tetras that have 0 color (hey, anyone want some congos?)
2? 3? of the laziest Siamese algae eaters ever

Now I'm figuring out what to do next. I just got these awesome lights. I already have algae problems. I've sworn not to put in a CO2 injection system, so I need to figure out dosing of Excel. So here's my starting point.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:35 AM   #2
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I got a Hagen T5 dual light glow today, so I figured I should switch things up to medium/high light.

Now I'm figuring out what to do next. I just got these awesome lights. I already have algae problems. I've sworn not to put in a CO2 injection system, so I need to figure out dosing of Excel. So here's my starting point.
If you're switching to med/high light, CO2 injection may become necessary.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:21 AM   #4
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If you're switching to med/high light, CO2 injection may become necessary.
That's what I was afraid of. I'm going to try daily excel and see if the plants begin to wilt or roast. If that doesn't work, I may...cry and spend the money or go back to my old light.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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You could always get some surface plants to help reduce the amount of light coming in like Pennywort. I have to use it in my cherry shrimp tank because of algae and it has helped out quite a bit!
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So it's been about two weeks since I upped the light.

I'm enjoying the extra growth, but I am getting some algae. It's not terribly thick yet since I'm regularly dosing Excel (and now I know how it works!!).

That said, I'm worried that the plants are starving. They're getting quite veiny. I'm nervous to add more ferts because I've killed fish that way.
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Riccia Fluitans will carpet the top, let it grow out as much as you need, then RAOK/Gift to local club the excess or to others here when the need arises.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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Riccia Fluitans will carpet the top, let it grow out as much as you need, then RAOK/Gift to local club the excess or to others here when the need arises.
Why is it better to put a plant carpet on top instead of just dropping the light level down again?
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Why is it better to put a plant carpet on top instead of just dropping the light level down again?
It has worked for me in the past to reduce the light by adding Riccia. The algae had less light to use and I could control the level of reduction by removing that which had overgrown to much.

It was just a thought.
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It has worked for me in the past to reduce the light by adding Riccia. The algae had less light to use and I could control the level of reduction by removing that which had overgrown to much.

It was just a thought.
It was a good thought. I'm letting some of the bushier stem plants take over. I worry that I'm getting some grody-looking stem bottoms, though.
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