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Old 11-23-2013, 04:34 AM   #151
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I got engaged recently to a beautiful girl who I love very much.

Thank you, thank you.

I know right, excited? Yeah i am but I can't help but remember a quick story and I'm going to share it with you.

About a year ago, I went out to purchase my first pressurized co2 system. I drove out to the suburbs and picked up what turned out to be a really nice unit from a local asian guy who was getting out of the hobby.

He said something that really didn't hit me till just now as I finish this beer. :-) he said, "go bigger"! As we were talking, he explained that it much easier to have bigger tanks while you are younger. When you have a family it can be very tough to keep tanks.

I'm sharing this with you for several reasons. ime, this hobby is all about advice. You can learn a lot from experienced people. Also, I have a passion for this hobby. I'm still relatively new but i get something iut of it that I cannot get anywhere else. If I had to explain it then I would simply say its my way of releasing my creativity. Thats whats most important to me, and i think that what i like most about this hobby.

Will I get a large tank 100+? Time will tell... Something tells me I'd absolutely love it if I did.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #152
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I dropped the lighting fixture to 15" above to substrate which should be approx. 40PAR (Medium Light).

Today, I start a different dosing Regime:

Estimated Index - EI

Sunday: 50% Water Change (After Lights Out)
Monday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Tuesday: 1/8 CSM + B
Wednesday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Thursday:1/8 CSM + B
Friday: 1/8 NO3; 1/8 KH2P04
Saturday: 1/8 CSM + B

Co2: 2-3 BPS; Green Drop Checker
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:18 AM   #153
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Wow, my plants are pearling this evening.

Beautiful!
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:35 AM   #154
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I am starting to notice what looks like BBA around the tank.

My analysis is that I have to much light for all these low light plants.

Sunday, I will test my water, change my dosing accordingly, and raise the light fixture.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #155
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Last Sunday, when I did a water change I reduced the light intensity back to about 30PAR, reduced dosing amounts slightly, and did a 50% water change.

Today, which is 3 days later I can see a noticeably increase in what I thought was BBA but now I think it is Stag horn.

Today I am cutting the lighting period short, doing another 50% water change, and might dose some excel.

I've read Stag horn can occur when you have a high bio load or when you disturb the substrate to much. I've done both of those since I kicked up this tanks metabolism going high tech.

Time to slow things back down again. I need to get this back into a manageable position.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #156
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I've been keeping this tank clean and today I raised the light a little bit more after a water change. Plants are showing more signs of nutrient deficiency which is probably due to my mid week 50% water change with no extra dosing.

Bottom line is that the light is so bright the plants cannot keep up. I plant to continue to suspend the light and EI dose until plant start showing positive signs of growth.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:18 AM   #157
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After doing research, I found that my problem here is not nutrient deficiency but over dosing. With a soil substrate I don't need to dose so many ferts.

My plan is to go back to what was working before.

Several water changes!
Then,
Low Light and....

1/16 KNO3 once a week
1/64 P04 once a week
1/64 CSM+B once a week
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:11 AM   #158
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This tank has stabilized.

I swapped out the dual t5HO fixture for a Current 36" LED Plus.

There is still some BBA on the plants, rocks and equipment. Soon, I will start spot treating some of the BBA and this tank should be as good as new!!
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:23 AM   #159
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very nice set up
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:34 AM   #160
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Lovely!
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:26 AM   #161
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Added a Tiger Lotus in the back middle and took out the Java Fern. This tank is just thriving right now.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:01 AM   #162
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Cool tank and I enjoyed your thread keep us updated
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:48 AM   #163
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Problems:
1. Unhealthy Dwarf Sag
2. Too much BBA
3. Plants Showing Deficiencies

Current Stock:
-7 Neon tetras
-3 Harlequin Rasboras
-6 Cory's
-12 Ramhorn Snail

Recent Changes:
-Lighting switched to 36" Finnex Planted+
-Photoperiod 5hrs on; 3hrs siesta; 5hrs on
-Keeping N03 between 20-40
-Dosing Excel to combat BBA.
-Added Purigen

The goal? Zero Algae; healthy plants!
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