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Old 08-05-2006, 10:35 PM   #1
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Okay, tomorrow (Sunday, Aug 6) will be three weeks since I've touched my tank, except for a very careful WC after one week (after which I decided to suspend that as well.)

Does it look like it's ready to scrape off and clean up my tank, or should I leave it longer? I was actually going to leave it till about Wednesday in any case. On my monitor, the colors are fairly true.

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Old 08-05-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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It looks to me like it is ready to be cleaned off. Try to do so using paper towels, etc. to catch what comes off and not let it mix into the water. If it is real GDA it will wipe off easily, where GSA has to be scrubbed or scraped off.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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I very carefully clipped loose a bit of Bacopa caroliniana that was trailing across the surface today, and the stuff very easily cleaned off the leaves with just a rub. Definitely not GSA I would say.

Great ! Another question . . . it's going to take me some time to get this tank cleaned up, at least an hour or two at a guess. I've still got stuff on my plants as well, and some of it desperately needs pruning. My plan is to shut off the filter (Eheim 2028) and do a water change at the same time. I'm thinking this would be too long for the beneficial bacteria to survive in the filter without oxygen. Can I just pull the baskets out and stick them in a 5 gallon bucket with aged/treated water and an air-pump bubbler? After I get everything back together I'm going to run the Vortex for a coupla hours also.
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Old 08-06-2006, 12:23 AM   #4
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Finally its time It looks like your tank is ready to be rid of GDA.
I would leave the filter alone .Nothing is going to happen in 2hours,just remove the intake &outlet from the filter so no air gets inside.
when I do 50%water change , I disconnect everything except the lights,prune the plants while the water level is still high.
You are going to enjoy this water change in particular.
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Exxxxxcellent ! Sunny (the husband figure) says he will help. With both of us going, one scraping and cleaning and the other "sucking up" (python) maybe it won't take so long. I may go ahead and do this tomorrow then, since it seems like there's a consensus ! What's going to take the time is getting it off of the plants, although I need to do some pruning also as I indicated. But I'm going to try to do just a "moderate" pruning since experience has taught me that removing too much plant mass at once without adjusting everything else results in nothing but problems.
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You might just leave it on the plants. Remember, this is now supposed to be dying adult stage algae which should eventually vanish on its own. And, the snails will be cleaning the leaves too. I didn't clean much off of my plants, but most of it on the leaves had gone by the time I cleaned the glass. It hasn't returned!!
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:48 AM   #7
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You don't need to shut off your filter at all, unless you don't like the turbulence it is causing when you arrange, cut/prune your plants. When I do a water change or gravel cleaning, I normally let my filters run, even if I already removed about 30% of the water.
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