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Old 03-26-2014, 03:36 PM   #31
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Thanks ilk check them out! I got the BN pleco and amanos from Golden Aquarium. Not sure if the BN is a dwarf or not.


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Great looking tank! DHG looks amazing!

I will always keep a BN pleco. They do help with the glass, but they are also one of my favorite fish. There is Animal Island in Midlothian, about 143rd and Cicero that has dwarf BN plecos. They only get like 2.5 inches max.

Where did you get your amano from?
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #32
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Any update on this tank? Looks great!
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:50 AM   #33
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A quick update.

Things aren't going too well after I switched to dry dosing AquariumFertilizer.com's Macro/Micro mix and elevated the main light up 3 inches. All my downai and L. sp. Red melted away, which I replaced with blyxa.

I'm seeing a combo of green spot algae and green dust algae, BBA or staghorn on some plants. My previously perfectly green lawn of dhg belem is yellowing in certain spots.

I've lowered my light back down to the top of the tank and still adjusting my fertilizer and co2 levels in hopes of bringing everything back under control.




My poor Alternanthera reineckii sp Mini! Covered with green spot and green dust algae. I might have to scrap these and start again with tops from my other tank.


Amanos working hard but not making much of a dent.


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Old 11-03-2014, 01:49 AM   #34
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Default Taking Out the Big Guns vs GDA

I've been fighting GDA of months and I'm tired of it. I've tried fiddling with the light levels/ferts schedule to no avail. I purchased a baby bristle-nose pleco, which did a good job controlling until it discovered it's easier to steal algae tabs from the pygmy corys and bully them around. After a few months I felt he just got too big for this tank and moved him into my 29g.

After I pulled and trimmed off all the algae covered plants I decided to throw in the town and invested in a Aquatop HOB style UV sterilizer. The sterilizer is a pretty nice unit, the UV bulb is 5 watts, included is a surface skimmer, a simple carbon and floss cartridge, a small bag of ceramic media, and has adjustable flow. I think there might just be enough room to squeeze in a 100mg bag of Purigen too. To increase dwell time in the UV chamber I turned the flow as long as it will go without getting too noisy. Not bad for $34 off of amazon.

The surface skimmer is a very nice plus. Does a decent job of removing surface scum and small floating bits of plants. Believe me if you have some type of carpeting plant you'll always have small bit of them floating around.
The downside is that it sucked in and killed one of my chili rasboras, I immediately removed it after that incident. Now i'm down to just a single chili...

I've had it on about 2 weeks and there has been a dramatic decrease in GDA! Whenever I see GDA start forming on the glass I scrap it off so that it can be sucked into the sterilizer. Hopefully in about a month I can finally be GDA free and I can remove the UV.

I lost a couple of fish due to some illness brought in from a sick scarlet badis.

Current fauna:

1 lone chili rasbora
2 very shy danio erythromicron
7-8 Pygmy cories
1 Amano shrimp
Random fluctuating number of ramshorn snails




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