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Old 08-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #256
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By "what not to do" you don't mean have a kid and neglect the tank I hope ....ha ha ha. I'm just now getting my algae situation under control before my little girl is due in late Oct early Nov ! I algae issue stemmed from reducing my ferts by 75% I believe one single week.

I always want to learn and usually prefer by others mistakes before I do them myself...
This is what I THINK my issue was....

Yes, I neglected my tank for a couple months but I compounded the issue by doing a VERY large trim and moving things right before the baby was born. This lack of plants mass with the same amount of fertz, CO2, etc. gave me a lot of excess nutrients and I think my nitrate levels went up. This caused some of the shrimp to die off and my current hair algae issues.....or I suppose I might have missed some doses and it was lack of nutrients....that time was a bit fuzzy for me.

In the future I'll stick to trimming sections every week or getting slower growing plants.

When I say neglected, I mean not trim weekly and not be up to snuff on water changes on a regular basis. I basically did them when I had time every 1-2 weeks. This led to overgrown plants and poorer than I like water quality.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #257
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congrats on the birth of your daughter. It's an amazing gift. Like all things now you'll have to live by a good regimen of schedules so you'll find a place to fit your tank duties in and get it back where it should be. Then you can cultivate your daughter's passion for the hobby right along side you.
Stay vigilant!
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congrats on the birth of your daughter. It's an amazing gift. Like all things now you'll have to live by a good regimen of schedules so you'll find a place to fit your tank duties in and get it back where it should be. Then you can cultivate your daughter's passion for the hobby right along side you.
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Thanks ....its a boy, Gavin.

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Old 09-01-2013, 11:29 PM   #259
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Have the Amano's arrived to do their duty ?
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #260
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Yeah, I got them in this past Tuesday morning. Tanks looking better but still not the greatest. I've been out of town the past couple days for the holiday weekend but plan on working on it some tomorrow. I want to remove a couple plants and spread some others out....going for something a bit different Once it's complete I'll post some more pictures.

A couple of my anubias are flowering under water though for the first time, which is pretty cool.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #261
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Good deal.

I'm curious as to how you or Dutch Styles in general deal with high plant growth/load vs enough water circulation. How is it ensured the hidden stems are getting adequate CO2 & ferts while having no dead spots to keep healthy growth while keeping algae at bay ?

Thanks & Happy Labor Day (means we just work around the house instead, right)
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:51 PM   #262
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Good deal.

I'm curious as to how you or Dutch Styles in general deal with high plant growth/load vs enough water circulation. How is it ensured the hidden stems are getting adequate CO2 & ferts while having no dead spots to keep healthy growth while keeping algae at bay ?

Thanks & Happy Labor Day (means we just work around the house instead, right)
Personally, I have a Vortech MP40 that is next to the overflow on the front side of the tank and two outflows from a MAG1800. One outflow is pointed down and one is pointed up. I seem to get decent flow as long as things are not blocked. The MAG1800 pumps a maximum of 1800gph and the Vortech MP40 moves a lot of water (I have it set pretty low otherwise it's like a hurricane in the tank). For a 125g tank my goal was 10x+ for the flow rate, which I'm pretty confident I'm at without ever having measured it.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:27 PM   #263
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Thanks ! Yeah I just trimmed around my powerheads before something bad takes over.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:16 PM   #264
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My apistogramma pair just had some more babies. Trying to get a good picture but they are hiding out in the plants pretty good.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:58 PM   #265
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These are the best I can get with current conditions right now....

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Anubias Flower
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Well I finally got around last night into moving plants where I think I want them. I've been much more active taking care of the tank the past couple weeks and the algae is going away slowly. Once the plants fill in a bit and the algae is cleared up I'll post some pictures.

One useful tool I found....baby bottles for measuring liquids. We had a bunch of extra small bottles (hospital gives you a ton) for newborns and they have mL markings, lids, etc.. My son is now 8 weeks and using larger bottles so I reused these for my aquarium and they work great!

Edit-All the apistogramma babies died again I believe...I'm sure they were fish food.
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Well can't wait to see the new layout.

I created a thread (link below) for the Dutch inspired. I'd love for you (if you get time) to add your $0.02 on your trimming and pruning techniques as I recall you being somewhat inspired by the style. I like you, enjoy the breaking of some of the Dutch rules, mainly the use of hardscapes while using a lot of the beauty of the style.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...6617&highlight=
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I did a carpet of mini-alternanthera reineckii...waiting to see how it fills in.

I'll check your link out tonight if I get time....or sometime this week.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #269
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Well the algae is just about all gone. Not really sure the direction I'm going with the tank. I'll let things grow some more and probably mess around with a few things to see how they look.

Here is a cell phone picture. The glass needs cleaned so it isn't the greatest to start with.

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Old 10-04-2013, 01:58 AM   #270
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I found one of the babies from the last batch...it's about the size of a dime...excited! It's hiding in the Lobelia Cardinalis 'Dwarf'. It's about a month old.

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