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Old 06-06-2014, 03:12 AM   #31
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hey if have the money definitely get a pressurized system. but if you don't have enough money at first its better than nothing until you save up for pressurized system am i right.
I'm all about Ballin on a budget lol. I don't really like the whole yeast sugar thing. It's unreliable, so I'm just gonna spend the 8$ on the API co2 booster.
Anyone have experience with it? I know pressurized is ideal, and I'll be working on getting it, but I'm the mean time.

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Old 06-06-2014, 03:17 AM   #32
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you can just get a gallon of metricide off amazon and it is the same thing but it is more concentrated which gives you more for your money.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:27 AM   #33
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I used one bottle of API when I first set up my 75. When that ran out I got some Flourish Excel. Couldnt really tell a difference, other than I was slowly increasing the dosage and plants were doing great.

When the Excel ran out, which wasnt long @ 2X daily dose, I went with Metricide. It's stronger than Excel, 6 ML of Metricide equals roughly 10 ML Excel. Seems like Im getting even better results now, but it could just be a matter of the tank maturing, or all in my head for that matter lol.

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Amazon.com: Metrex Metricide Gallon 14 Day - Model 182337 - Each: Health & Personal Care Amazon.com: Metrex Metricide Gallon 14 Day - Model 182337 - Each: Health & Personal Care
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:27 PM   #34
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I plan on getting the metricide, I've heard lots about it. But for now I picked up a bottle of co2 booster.
Also got a new friend for the tank.

South American Bumblebee catfish

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:30 PM   #35
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This is just a quick post, will try and keep up on it. Not really a "build" but will update progress.

I'm broke and a cheapskate so I gather equipment slowly lol. Took me about 3 months to get stand, tank, filter, heater, light. Once I got that I started looking for the substrate. I decided to go with Flora-max / ecocomplete / black Diamond sand mix. Began planting with plants I had been storing in a pond tank on my porch. And added a few fish. So here's the rundown.

Tank: 75g

Filter: Aquaclear 110

Heater: 200w x2

Light: 4bulb T5 (older model will be replaced soon)
Fluval full spectrum LED.

Substrate: Ecocomplete/Flora-max/Black sand

Plants: cryptocoryne wendtii
Red sword
Sword compacta
Bacopa carolinia
Staurogyne
Java moss
Hygrophila
Anubias Nana
Flame moss
Dwarf Java moss
Anubias p

Fish: GBR male (he lost his mate)
2 blue acara (waiting to see if pair)
6 panda cories
2 otocinclus
10 glow light tetra
7 neon tetra
5 harlequin rasboras

Anyways let me know what yall think.


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Old 06-06-2014, 11:17 PM   #36
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I have got some amazing algae growth on my driftwood and a few rocks in just a couple days. It's the gorgeous green algae too. Now just gotta make sure I control it.


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Old 06-07-2014, 01:57 AM   #37
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so I'm just gonna spend the 8$ on the API co2 booster.
Alternative is Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart is approx $25 on Ebay. At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. shipping $9.99

Solution is 1.5% * (container/ 2.6% ) = glut 7.5
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:00 AM   #38
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Updated shot today. Added more staurogyne or star grass, it sure which it is. Friend says it's star grass but I'm not sure. Also added 3 yoyo loaches.

Been dosing excel for 3 days now, algae is starting to clear up on the rocks and driftwood.



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cant wait to see this on fill in! excel does the trick doesn't it.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:58 AM   #40
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Here's an updated shot, and I changed the stock list. Still working on getting my water super clear. Right now it always looks hazy. Any ideas? More filter floss? UV sterilizer?



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Still working on getting my water super clear. Right now it always looks hazy. Any ideas? More filter floss? UV sterilizer?
Try purigen in the filter with weekly water changes. This happens in new tanks. How long has the tank been up? Don't worry about green algae. Fish love to eat it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:49 AM   #42
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Well I don't mind the green algae just the diatoms are annoying but I know that's normal. But now I'm getting string algae on the leaves of the plants. So I'm going to cut back on my feeding and up my co2 a bit.

Will purigen effect the liquid ferts I use?

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But now I'm getting string algae on the leaves of the plants. So I'm going to cut back on my feeding and up my co2 a bit.

Will purigen effect the liquid ferts I use?
I had string algae when my nitrates were high. Got that under control with water changes and cutting back feeding.

Purigen doesn't seem to affect ferts. Opinions here
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