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Old 02-05-2014, 07:32 AM   #1
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Make your prediction game - algae bomb or low tech success


Well In order to prepare for the 92gallon I'm planning on getting. I'm doing a little experiment. (Maybe a 52gallon after pulling out a measuring tape. )

The 10 gallon and 15 gallon green bombs are being redone in the garage with different species and substrate. My wife fully supports this after calling them scary for a few years.

I'm nuking the tanks with bleach for a few hours and scrubbing them out. Then rebuilding from the ground up with stuff I have.

This litte one has a thick layer of MGO on the base topped by builders sand in the front and pea gravel in the back.

46w of couple 2 year old cfl lights above it.

Will the dwarf hairgrass grow or is this destined to become a green bomb?

The LFS is having a sale this weekend with free betta's to kids under 12. So I'll plan on bring home 2.

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:05 PM   #2
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Two 23 watt CFL bulbs mounted horizontally in a standard aquarium light hood is low light, but the same two 23 watt CFL bulbs mounted vertically in dome-type reflectors, near the top of the tank, can be high light. The latter will end up as an algae bomb.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:40 PM   #3
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Former will be too, with no Co2. Been there, done that. Ended up with a frogbit farm to cut back the light. Cut back to a couple 13W CFL's and you will be good to go. Hairgrass will be slow, but mine grew.
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Mounted horizontally in a quick DIY box with white paint on the inside. I was tempted to toss in some new bulbs but these are some old ones that I swapped out of my 125 and are mostly burned out. Kind of figured I'd hit around medium light. No way to really know without a PAR meter. That's half the fun of guessing what's going to happen.

This is also going to be the holding tank for the baby BN pleco's I'm pulling out of the big tank. They will take care of a good chunk of the algae. The LFS is giving me store credit for them (Hoppy - Exotic Aquarium in South Sacramento).
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:51 PM   #5
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Well had the normal brown algae explosion but the baby BN took care of that.

Here is the little tank today. Little bit of hair algae coming but it's mostly under control.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:52 AM   #7
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great growth for 2 months, looks nice.
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