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Old 03-11-2012, 05:57 PM   #16
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Aaack! Diatoms & hair algae! Oh my!



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Old 03-11-2012, 10:52 PM   #17
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OK..cleaned it up some. Looking much better now! I hacked the stem plants, too. They were poking out the top!



Playing around with the camera settings. Maybe I don't need a new camera; maybe I just need to learn how to use the one I have! LOL! This shot actually looks pretty clear.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:13 AM   #18
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So this tank started out looking really good, but is not doing so well these days. The light was too much without CO2 and I don't want to add it on this tank. It is in line for a re-scape. But it is like 3rd in line, so it could be a while.

In the meantime I am playing with reducing the light to see if I can find something that will support these plants without encouraging so much algae. I have access to the stock light from an Aqueon Evolve 8 gallon. I am sure it will be less than the Fluval PCL, but I am not sure how much brighter than the stock light it will be.

The plants have actually grown a little wild in there. The scape looked good, but the position of the wood makes it hard to maintain. Severus, my little pea puffer, seems to dig it though. He is hanging out in there until a new 10 gallon is ready for him.

I'll post some pics of the re-scape once it comes around!
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:44 AM   #19
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I had the same problem with the 13w light on the spec being too much without co2, experiencing algae everywhere (especially on the glass). After I added 1 nerite snail, though, the tank seems to be in balance. A while ago, I took the snail out so I could treat for hydra, and the tank crashed again. After adding the nerite back in, it bounced right back. I'd love to hear if you find another solution, though!
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I had the same problem with the 13w light on the spec being too much without co2, experiencing algae everywhere (especially on the glass). After I added 1 nerite snail, though, the tank seems to be in balance. A while ago, I took the snail out so I could treat for hydra, and the tank crashed again. After adding the nerite back in, it bounced right back. I'd love to hear if you find another solution, though!
Would love to hear how you handled the hydra.

I bought fenben last night and a big syringe thing. 0.1 gm of fenben to 10 gal so need to measure out 0.05 gm for my 5 g spec.

My plan is to do a blackout cover except for on 2x2 inch square for 2 hours, let all the hydra congregate there and then squirt and sponge them away.
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The fenben is great. It worked for me on my planaria.

It did miss a few eggs, as months later, I see one new one crawling around.

The tank is great, but coming from a fellow speckie, the cabomba doesn't work great. It gets too tall, needs to be replanted too often and is too flimsy to stand up to the lowest blower setting.

I'm looking for drift wood for mine... But I'm at a loss for now.. Idk where to find spec sized things.


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The fenben is great. It worked for me on my planaria.

It did miss a few eggs, as months later, I see one new one crawling around.

The tank is great, but coming from a fellow speckie, the cabomba doesn't work great. It gets too tall, needs to be replanted too often and is too flimsy to stand up to the lowest blower setting.

I'm looking for drift wood for mine... But I'm at a loss for now.. Idk where to find spec sized things.


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Plantbrain has nano sized manzanita he will send a box of pieces shipped for $25.

He has a current sales thread.

I have been writing to him about specific higher end pieces which are more like
$25 shipped each.
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I had the same problem with the 13w light on the spec being too much without co2, experiencing algae everywhere (especially on the glass). After I added 1 nerite snail, though, the tank seems to be in balance. A while ago, I took the snail out so I could treat for hydra, and the tank crashed again. After adding the nerite back in, it bounced right back. I'd love to hear if you find another solution, though!
So I need to take my snails out?


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So I need to take my snails out?
If you are using dewormer to treat hydra, then, yes, you will need to take your snails out of the tank.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:21 PM   #25
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I had the same problem with the 13w light on the spec being too much without co2, experiencing algae everywhere (especially on the glass). After I added 1 nerite snail, though, the tank seems to be in balance. A while ago, I took the snail out so I could treat for hydra, and the tank crashed again. After adding the nerite back in, it bounced right back. I'd love to hear if you find another solution, though!
I ended up trading lights with someone. I gave her my 13W light and I took the stock LED from her Aqueon Evolve 8 gallon.I am going to rescape the tank with low light plants and see how it goes. I am just waiting for my plant order to arrive. (Blasted USPS!) Will post some updated pics when it is done.
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Plantbrain has nano sized manzanita he will send a box of pieces shipped for $25.

He has a current sales thread.

I have been writing to him about specific higher end pieces which are more like
$25 shipped each.
Thank you so much!!!

And I will just say I did NOT take my snails out and they did fine. There was too much hassle to take 50 ramshorns out, so I just left them in. Survival of the fittest I guess? They all survived as far as I know.


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Thank you so much!!!

And I will just say I did NOT take my snails out and they did fine. There was too much hassle to take 50 ramshorns out, so I just left them in. Survival of the fittest I guess? They all survived as far as I know.


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Old 06-22-2013, 05:11 AM   #28
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Any new updates on this? Tank looks amazing.
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