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Old 07-25-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Help with Algae, Fertilizers and Water Parameters


So i started my 10gallon planted tank experiment a few months ago.
I am running into some issue and would like some feed back on what
i can change or do differently. I am a total noobie.

What i have (positive comments/suggestions welcome):

I have a 6500k 32 watt CFL about 2 inches above water line.'
I leave it on for 7 hours a day (3pm-10pm) - Its on a timer.

I am trying EI dosing ( I think its EI ahah) with the following schedule:
- Sunday: 50% WC
1/8th teaspoon of KNO3
5ml of CMS+B
Smudge of KH2PO4
- Monday: 5ml of CMS+B
- Tuesday: 1/8th Teaspoon of KNO3 and smudge of KH2PO4
- Wednesday: Same as Monday
- Thursday: Same as Tuesday
- Friday: Same as Monday
- Saturday: Rest day - No dosing

Plants: Micro Sword
Not sure what the long stuff in the back is
Glosso (5-6 single plants)

Substrate: Eco-Complete with Osmocote plus - 2 (00 side capsule)
total, one on each side, in the middle and burried
all they way down to where the glass is.

Livestock: 3 Siamese algea eater
1 Otos
1 Guppy (Came with the Otos by accident - was a baby and
didn't notice him/her until it was in my tank at home.)

I have DIY Co2 with a 1 liter bottle going through a diffuser. Change
about once every 3 weeks.

I have DIY 4dkh solution and as of right now, the solution is a nice light green color.

Measurements via Master API:
PH - 7
Ammonia - 0ppm
NO2 - 0ppm
N03 - 160ppm
K - dont know how to measure Potassium
P - dont know how to measure Phosphate
GH and KH - just ordered kit... still waiting for it.

Water circulation: I have a powerhead 300 (up to 30 gallons) pushing water around.

So i believe i have listed everything i can think of...(phew!!) Let me know if i missed any necessary information.

Okay so to my problems:

I had this tank up for about 2 1/2 months now.

1) 160ppm of N03 - Where is this coming from?? I know it should be somewhere around 20-30ppm not 160ppm

2) BBA - (Generally cause by low CO2 or unbalanced macro ) my drop
checker is a nice light green color.. so probably unbalance
macro?

3) Hair Algae - At a lost here .. help. ( have just been removing it manually
with a used toothbrush) (assuming it is hair algae)

4) GDA or Green Spots - Not sure which one. (Its only on the glass)

Any help would be much appreciated!! (pictures coming soon)

Front View:


BBA:


Hair :


GDA:


Check Dropper:

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Old 07-25-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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1) Osmocoate+ leeching out from substrate, fish waste and other decomposing matter contribute to NO3. You can completely cut KNO3 till it drop to reasonable range. Meanwhile suppliment some K esp. when deficency symptoms shows up.

3&4) do u mean GDA? You can rub off GDA easily, while you need to scrape hard to get rid of GSA. For 10g I think you lighting is too much.
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1) Osmocoate+ leeching out from substrate, fish waste and other decomposing matter contribute to NO3. You can completely cut KNO3 till it drop to reasonable range. Meanwhile suppliment some K esp. when deficency symptoms shows up.
Yah, i have hear/read of Oscmocoate+ leeching from substrate.. thought 2 would be okay... ( will have to slow down on dosing NO3 and watch that level). Supply K, as in : Potassium Sulfate ?

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3&4) do u mean GDA? You can rub off GDA easily, while you need to scrape hard to get rid of GSA. For 10g I think you lighting is too much.
Yes, i meant GDA, thanks for the catch- have corrected it.
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