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Old 12-15-2003, 01:28 AM   #1
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Hey all,

Unfortunately I had to reformat my hard drive and I didn't get to save the photos of my tank's first couple months. However, the jist of it was...algae and lots of it!

Here are the photos of my tank as of tonight, about 2 months after setup. Hope you enjoy
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:30 AM   #2
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Here's a shot of the left side. I think most of my growing plants are found here. I think it's largely due to the CO2 reactor being located on this side of the tank. You can see some cyano and hair algae growing on the ground, but this is MUCH better as compared to a month ago.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:33 AM   #3
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And here's the right side. Up until just this weekend, the wood in the middle used to be covered with hair algae. As you can see, there are just a few tufts left now, and even these are starting to break apart. I should've taken some shots in the morning, but you could almost watch the algae breaking loose.

Also, the red crypt in the far right corner is starting to come back from the dead. Up until last week, it was losing about one leaf every two weeks. Now it appears to be slowly growing its way back.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:41 AM   #4
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This is the internal reactor. I rearranged my set up this weekend and am now using a total of four 2 ltr soda bottles and one 24 oz bubble counter. I also decided to fill up the bottles a little more.

Originally, the bottles were only filled up partway, largely because I was afraid of foaming and getting yeast solution in the tank. Now the bottles are filled up to the point where it begins to narrow. So far, everything looks good.

This picture was taken at the most productive point of the day in terms of CO2. The bubble column almost reaches the bottom of the 10" reactor and, as such, many small bubbles are able to make their way out of the tube. I'm debating whether or not to stuff the tube with more filter material, as my last tube cracked due to the increase in water pressure.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:43 AM   #5
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Lastly, a shot of some Ludwiga Repens. Up until just recently, these fellows were covered entirely with cyano. They barely grew at all . Now, I'm seeing new growth every morning .
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:45 AM   #6
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Thanks for checking out the pics. I'll try to post monthly updates on the tank from now on. I'd like to also thank everyone for their help. I'm still trying to find a good fert routine, but it looks like things are starting to pan out, thanks to everyone's advice .
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:08 AM   #7
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starting to look really nice I like the white substrate
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Old 12-15-2003, 03:27 AM   #8
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Will look great very soon!
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:04 PM   #9
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You've got a good start there, what I would do is increase the plant biomass, double it even, stem plants. You might want to reduce your dosing of fertilizers until your plants catch up to the algae. Most of the people that you hear talk about dosing have tanks that are a little more heavily planted than yours.
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Old 12-15-2003, 04:16 PM   #10
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Wow, that's a lot of bubbles...

Consider adding a background... maybe just a piece of dark fabric, taped to the tank.
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Old 12-15-2003, 04:26 PM   #11
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Is that a window behind the tank?
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Actually, I had a helluva lot more plants in there when my tank first started out. I had a bunch of giant hygros and glossos before, but the algae smothered the glosso and the hygros just disintegrated .

I was actually planning on covering that entire log with Riccia or some other similar plant. Can anyone suggest some more plants that will make my tank looks better? BTW, I've got about 2.4 watts/gallon.
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Old 12-15-2003, 04:51 PM   #13
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go with the riccia, you won't be disappointed
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Wasser: I'm planning on getting a black background to accentuate the plants. As for the bubbles, I checked this morning before the lights went on and the bubble column was flowing out of the tube! I think there's a leak in the line somewhere that's allowing air to enter the reactor. Either that or the production bottles have really taken off, which would be sweet . I'll have to check on it when I get back.

Nordic: Yea, that's a window, two of them actually :P . They do let quite a bit of sunlight in, even though the blinds are down.
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Nordic: Yea, that's a window, two of them actually :P . They do let quite a bit of sunlight in, even though the blinds are down.
Nordic just pointed out the source of your algae problem.
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