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Old 07-02-2012, 07:44 PM   #2686
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My tanks generally run 68*-72*. I would need a heater for sure.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:03 AM   #2687
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The three on the counter...

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:08 AM   #2688
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Here they are left to right...

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Old 07-06-2012, 09:58 AM   #2689
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The 65g front and side. Im having some BBA issues and tried to beat it with Excel. It really just hurt the crypts. One last try with it, then im shutting down the Co2 and a couple bulbs. It grows like mad, unfortunately, so does the BBA and im tired of fighting it. I have considered turning my Co2 on an hour before the lights to try to make the difference up but havent done it yet. Maybe thats next? Everything in here is a slow grower and fairly rare. I dose PPS-Pro ferts once a week. Is it the ferts? Too little, too much? Co2 is at its limit with 20 CPDs, TPFRs and TTs in here. Along with 2 Ottos and 2 Plecos. Bi-weekly WCs thats not ammended at all, other than Prime.
I started this tank as a high tech tank to get it to fill out faster, but now im wanting to slow it down and reducing the Co2 and lighting, sounds like a good option. Anyone grown Buce in a low-tech? How about some of the harder to grow crypts? A quick, off the top of my head list is...C. nurii 'Phang mutated', C. nurii 'Rompin', C. hudoroi, and C. hudoroi 'Red' are the only ones that im really worried about out of 10 different crypts in here. All varieties of moss and Anubias are unaffected by it(go figure ); If I could find a balance in here somewhere that would reduce the BBA, it would bump this tank up a ton on the "To do" list



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Hi Chad,
The Bucephalandra can be grown in low tech conditions no problem. Same goes for the C. nurii. Never grown C. hudoroi this way though although I suspect they will do fine also.

Do you have a close up shot of the C. hudoroi 'red'? I've never heard of that one before. And my next question is, got any for sale?
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:12 AM   #2690
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The C. hudoroi 'red' only has one leaf on it. If I show you the leaf, it would only be the underside because of the way it positioned in the tank. Like I said in the text you quoted, its had alot of Excel and keeps melting the crypts. Both plants are mother plants but they wont keep more than one leaf at a time because of the Excel treatments. It would sure be nice to beat this BBA. Neither plant has runners ATM so I dont have any to trade. FWIW, ive had the hudoroi 'red' for about 6 years and it just grows and melts but never spreads much. I think ive had two runners total off of it Ive got a Balansae 'Red' that grows about the same. Slow and jerky
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:09 AM   #2691
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It would sure be nice to beat this BBA.
Reducing the photo period or lowering intensity hasn't worked?
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:47 AM   #2692
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Is the water soft in that tank?
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:48 AM   #2693
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Reducing the photo period or lowering intensity hasn't worked?
Thats a difficult question. The lights on it are strong because it so deep. The wood at the top gets BBA, while the bottom dwellers do good. A good solution would be to split the two T-5s the either side of the hood. The hood is 8" of of the water, hence the brighter lights. No matter how much Co2 I throw at this thing, its not enough.

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Is the water soft in that tank?
Yes, it is a "softer" water tank than most. The Ph is usually around 6.8 going in and Co2 has it messed up from there. I did finally notice some progress on it. The Plecos have eaten alot of the dead BBA from the treatment. Its no solution tho. The crypts only get a chance to kick out one good leaf before it needs it again. It is removable wood and a good H2o2 treatment would work good, im looking to keep it intact for a long period of time.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #2694
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I still say you should spot dose it with h202 during WC's that way you don't have too keep killing the crypts.

I want some of your staurygne repens bro!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:04 AM   #2695
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Yeah, Im going to give it the H2O2, I just havent got around to it yet. If you want the Starogyne, its yours. Itll be about a month before it needs trimmed tho. At least the weather will be good then
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:19 AM   #2696
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I've been using Excel to spot dose, loading 2 or 3 10 ml syringes and then I do more the next week but I'm getting limited success under water, will H202 do better and how much can I use before overdosing?
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #2697
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I believe 2ml per gallon is the recommended dose unless you have Ancistrus then you need to go down to 1ml gallon. Do it with the lights and filtration off and apply with syringes. You can leave the circulation pumps going of restart them after an hour which is best for spot treatments. After the lights come on the H2O2 degrades very rapidly.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:53 AM   #2698
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Chad! Where you been man!
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:01 PM   #2699
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Are the three on the counter 5.5s or 10s? Looking great.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:44 AM   #2700
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Jake, they're 5.5s all natural. Low tech, monthly ferts and WC's.

Here's some shots from the newly planted stem tank...







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