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Old 04-29-2012, 11:51 AM   #151
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I think this boils down to much over-analyzing. If the tank makes you stress, take it down and wait 'till you're interested in doing something w/it again. Simple.
Sounds a little harsh on any fauna you have in there
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:34 PM   #152
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Sounds a little harsh on any fauna you have in there
That depends on how many tanks you have....
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #153
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Right now, Fauna is negligible since it's just a couple of amano's. If all else fails, anything that ends up in this tank can just go to my 40 breeder.

But I'm not going to be tearing this down until I either have a full carpet, or the algae starts crawling out of the tank, having reached sentience. The HC has started to root and spread, now that most of the emersed growth has died off, at least.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #154
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But I'm not going to be tearing this down until I either have a full carpet, or the algae starts crawling out of the tank, having reached sentience.
So, about that.



If you've ever wondered what happens when you leave a tank in the care of your brother for 3 days, and it subsequently turns out that he never shuts the lights or co2 off during that time, well, that is what happens.



I sucked out what I could with airline tubing, scraped down the glass with a razor, trimmed off the emersed hair grass growth that was plastered in algae, did a massive water change, and then drowned my sorrows in beer. Frank advised to add 4-5 drops of phyton git, on top of my usual dosing.


In other news, I think I'm going to take this tank in a different direction, and add some sprigs of hydrocoathanger sp. japan that I have left over from my burl and WK, since I like the growth with the hair grass so much. Mostly though, it's because I have completely run out of care for this tank. It's obviously never going to be the perfectly manicured iwagumi of my dreams now, so I'm just reverting to my old philosophy of "Throw in whatever I damn well feel like and see what grows."
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:11 PM   #155
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Although it's probably easier to start over, I have recovered from worse. If you have some fast growing stems from another tank, through some in. You don't need to plant them, you can just put them in or use weights. Then reduce your photoperiod to about 4 hours. Between that and some manual removal of the algae, this has worked for me very well.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:17 PM   #156
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I usually prefer salvinia over floating stems to both reduce the intensity of the light and as a nutrient sucker, but since I have neither, the issue is kind of void.

The tank at least feels like it's starting to turn around. The HC has finally gotten to growing, the hair grass is throwing runners, which will be accelerated by the trim, and the hydrocousinit has showed promise on my WK. I think in another month I'll be over the worst of it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:27 PM   #157
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #158
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I added the hydrocopingmechanism to the back, with the hair grass. I also picked up some riccia, because I might as well.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:05 AM   #159
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some amanos or otos would help the algae clear up faster.
excel spot dosing would help too.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:49 AM   #160
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I have amano's in there, but they've taken to simply destroying my slope, rather than tackling algae. I've been considering otos but I'm hesitant to add some to such a small tank, since I've had issues with keeping them in <5 gallons.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:30 AM   #161
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The good news is the hc is bouncing around.

More good news is that algae type is the kind amano's will devour with some more quantity.

If you keep up airline removal, clean the diffuser / lily pipes, you'll be on your way.

A ditch effort could be to drain the tank down a bit and use an unused paint brush dabbled in h202 and applied to the rock will remove it from there. Just be careful.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #162
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Remind me to order a spring washer for the pipes soon.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:49 PM   #163
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I'd invest in a timer for the light!
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #164
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I'm waiting on one, my old ones are all on the fritz.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #165
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Also, a noose for your brother might be in order..
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