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Old 05-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #106
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Otofish, I think that is a good suggestion. Perhaps I never gave the tank the proper kick start it needed. I buy ghost shrimp and dump them in my planted tank I use them as feeders for my ghost knife. Ill go shake my java fern up and toss a few in the tank and see if that does it. There's usually a dozen or so in there when I do water changes.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #107
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Mrturritos, where you experiencing the same issue? What where your issues? Was it stocked, lightly planted? Was it an algae issue?
I haven't had any real algae at all. I think one little spot of brown that was gone the next day.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #108
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i have 2 pico scapes on my window sill, no stocks in them tho. I do notice a pretty significant temperature change from when the sun is up and when the sun is down . (i didn't use a thermometer, just by touch it seems at least 10-15 degrees higher)

During the window winter, they got covered with brown algae! lol. But luckily has since cleared up because the sun is staying up longer. It gets about 5 hours of direct sunlight now. i dose with one drops of excel every day. The plants in there seems thriving, but i am not sure if i am confident enough to stock them.

Its why i am watching your thread so closely, lol.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:35 AM   #109
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Aluka, you've more than followed you've given tons of help.

The tank wouldn't be considered a Walstad tank. It's a bare substrate with light plant load. I've read a lot about that style tank and it works well but it's far to crowded for what I wanted.

I am testing a few times daily and making changes as I notice results. I just hope I can get a grip on the nitrite. I'm sure it can be done I just need to find a balance.
Right now amonia is 0
nitrite has been steady at 1 for a few days
nitrate has been steadily decreasing its 5 ppm now
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Update:
Changes per recommendation from otofish I added 10 ghost shrimp yesterday. Since then these are my readings.

Ammonia: .50
Nitrite: .50
Nitrate: 5.0
Other parameters unchanged.

Observation that may be of concern. The substrate has a layer of mulm on it now. The shrimp are enjoying it but it is producing a regular stream of bubbles. Across the whole substrate not just one spot. The substrate is sand with nothing under it. It's has a fine layer of brownish mulm across it. I don't believe it's diatoms because there are no spots of it anywhere but a very even layer on the on the sand and it sucks up very easily with a si
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:25 AM   #111
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Update:
Changes per recommendation from otofish I added 10 ghost shrimp yesterday. Since then these are my readings.

Ammonia: .50
Nitrite: .50
Nitrate: 5.0
Other parameters unchanged.

Observation that may be of concern. The substrate has a layer of mulm on it now. The shrimp are enjoying it but it is producing a regular stream of bubbles. Across the whole substrate not just one spot. The substrate is sand with nothing under it. It's has a fine layer of brownish mulm across it. I don't believe it's diatoms because there are no spots of it anywhere but a very even layer on the on the sand and it sucks up very easily with a siphon hose. The bubbles you see under the sand has always been there. It's the bubbles from te mulm that concerns me.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:39 AM   #112
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the mulm is probably a green algae that doesnt look very green. the bubbles are O2 bubble that algae produces when light hits it.
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Xev11, that makes a lot of sense. I'm very surprised to see algae pearl like that in such a no fert natrual light situation.
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Algae uses any nutrients it can find. So it most likely found some in the water. Plus you can get it from the air. If you've ever seen a barrel or bucket with water, over time it will grow green water algae and other kinds.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:34 PM   #115
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Update:
Water change early morning on the 6th.

Ammonia:0
Nitrites:0
Nitrates:10

Shrimp are healthy and active

I'm hoping I've hit a balance. I'm hoping otofish's idea for addding larger bioload was the trick.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:34 AM   #116
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so how is this project going? its been over a month~!
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