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Old 01-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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My first attempt at a densely planted tank


I started a planted tank a few weeks ago in my 58 gallon, which is a 40 breeder but taller.



I have DIY co2 which is about 1 bps. A 36" T5HO x4 but only 2 of the bulbs are on the timer which goes for about 8 hours a day. I am running a 6700k coralife bulb and a pink zoo med bulb. The other 2 bulbs are the same and I occasionally put the other two on midday for just a midday blast.



Even though I have the lights on for just 8 hours a day, I am having uncontrollable algae, it is bad, I have to wipe it all the time. I know I need more Co2 but I am doing what I can.



I started EI dosing earlier in the week, could that help with the algae issue at all?



I am keeping my Ruby Red Spilo in the tank.













That hairy algae is ruining everything..


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Old 01-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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I just read on a local forum that someone doses a tablespoon of each every other day, he mixes it with 500ml of boiled water and then adds it to his 125g tank.

I just did that for my 58g.

I then read his post more carefully and I think he only adds 15 ml of the mix every other day. Hopefully by adding a ton of all of my dry ferts, my plants won't be completely screwed.

Anyway, I got some new plants from Capsaicin (thank you VERY much for hooking me up!), so I will add some more pictures tomorrow. I removed the HOB filter because I was worried it might have been messing with the DIY co2.

It should look pretty good once they fill in.
Also, I plan on getting some algae eaters for the tank and moving the piranha. Too much algae!
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:30 AM   #3
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Did some rearranging. I think I am going to pull out the large swords and bring them to a fish auction this weekend, maybe. I just don't think the swords fit well in there.









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Got a ton of plants for a steal this week, here is a sneak peak.


And more.

Just planted a bunch tonight, and got some ramshorn snails to take care of the algae.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:21 AM   #5
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looks like it needs Co2 injection and ferts.
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looks like it needs Co2 injection and ferts.
Thanks for the advise. I am doing EI dosing with DIY co2. I know I should do pressurized co2, we will see. I have been putting a capful or two or Excel in each day as well.
The algae is looking a little better now, I hope the ramshorns take care of it!
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Okay a lot has changed in the past week or so.
First off, I took out the piranha and stocked the tank with a few SAE, maybe 10 Otos, 7 neon tetras (they didn't have Cardinals :\), maybe 7 Buenos Aires tetras, a L270 pleco (my gf wanted it, it was expensive, and I haven't seen it in over a week).
Also added more plants.

The plants are growing out of control, it seems like half of them are bulging out of the top of the tank, I am worried to clip them because I am bad at that and don't want to kill the plants.
The cabomba especially has been growing at over an inch per day, I have clipped SO many bunches from the top and replanted them. They will cover my entire foot print soon.
I know the swords look out of place, I will probably move them into one of my low light setups to create more space in here.












What kind of algae is this nasty fuzzy stuff? And how can I get rid of it?


Same with this, what are these little green dots on the glass, and can I get rid of them?




What kind of plant or flower is blooming here?






The Buenos Aires hide a lot











Thanks for looking!
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Looking nice! I'm a lil' jealous myself. :P
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
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That fuzzy stuff is BBA black brush algae, kill it now!!! Lol.. But really it's a pain usually stems from either inconsistent co2 or more commonly IMO from to much light and not enough co2, try reducing lighting period or raise your lighting.

Do you have a drop checker? That will help you know your co2 saturation.

As far as treating, use a syringe and spot treat using hydrogen peroxide or excel

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Good looking tank

And holy moly, one of your otto catfish looks like it's about to starve to death poor guy

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:39 AM   #11
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That fuzzy stuff is BBA black brush algae, kill it now!!! Lol.. But really it's a pain usually stems from either inconsistent co2 or more commonly IMO from to much light and not enough co2, try reducing lighting period or raise your lighting.

Do you have a drop checker? That will help you know your co2 saturation.

As far as treating, use a syringe and spot treat using hydrogen peroxide or excel

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I do not have a drop checker, I need to find one! I can't find one locally and online I have even had trouble finding one that will work!

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Good looking tank

And holy moly, one of your otto catfish looks like it's about to starve to death poor guy

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Any ideas on what I can do to make sure the Otos are getting enough food? I am constantly throwing in algae tablets along with the normal pellets and flake foods.

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:56 AM   #12
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Nice tank!
That bloom looks a lot like an aponogeton bloom. Check out the link in my sig, I post a bunch of pictures of mine..
Try putting your Val's along the back wall, making a curtain, and using stems as a side..Val's look so much better in the back!
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Thanks Lyzza I took your advice. Pictures coming tomorrow, should be good!
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:08 AM   #14
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Alright I moved some more things around and took out a lot of plants, mostly crypts ferns and swords.
I have way too many plants.






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To combat the black brush algae i would suggest getting a siamese algae eating and dosing with excel, it worked for me at least. Siamese algae eaters are great fish and will try to eat pretty much anything (not harmful to other animals though!) Looking sweet, can't wait to watch all the plants grow should be really thick in a couple months!!
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