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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 09:49 PM
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All the stem plants are pretty much toast
Lights probably too low..
for $60 you can fix that..
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post #32 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-12-2017, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Depending on how stocked your tank is, you can skip water changes to something like once per month or even less once your tank finds a natural balance. I've went through the same phases as you, and it helped that during the times I didn't want to do anything but the bare minimum (feeding fish/shrimp), I simply cut the lighting period from 8 to 6 hours and didn't use ferts. Tank adjusted and even did pretty wel
Thanks I'll probably try every two weeks for a while with the hope of extending that out as things (hopefully) get better.

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I recommend fifty percent WC's from PE
Thanks I do about 12 gallons which is pretty close to 50%.

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Lights probably too low..
Thanks you think 1x24W T5HO is not enough light? It is a two lamp fixture so I could always go to 2x24W T5HO.
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post #33 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Starting to get some enthusiasm back!

Doing better with water changes (2-3 weeks) and reduced the lighting period to 6 hours which seems to have mitigated the algae. Trimming algae covered leaves and cleaning the glass has helped a lot. Also getting some decent new growth particularly from the dwarf lily. However did lose another neon down to 3 now.

Order of new plants coming in this weekend so we'll see what we can do with those!
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post #34 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-23-2017, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Algae seems to be under control we'll see how this latest batch of plants fares I feel like I might be making some baby steps in the right direction!
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post #35 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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The tank has been humming along livestock currently as follows:

3 male cherry barbs
2 female cherry barbs
3 neon tetras
3 cory cats
1 otto

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handful of crypts
2 dwarf lilies
1 java fern
1 anubias

Upgraded light to a planted+ 24/7 split photo period about 3 1/2 hours each morning and evening no algae at all so won that war!

Water change every 3 months or so.

Plants still are a bit of a struggle some of the crypts java fern anubias and lilies hang in there with little growth but can't get a stem plant to last for anything! One thing I'm trying: the pH and KH are very high in my source water (8.2 and 12+ respectively) so I started topping off and water changing with RODI to keep them down around 7-7.5 pH and 4-8 KH to see if that makes any difference.
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Was your previous post really in 2017?
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Lol too long between updates?
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Lol too long between updates?
Absolutely..I like play by play.... I live vicariously by others while my tanks cycle...... ;P

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Haha not much going on here finally learned how NOT to grow algae now trying to figure out how to grow nice plants...
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Haha not much going on here finally learned how NOT to grow algae now trying to figure out how to grow nice plants...
How did you find the balance with algae? I have very hard water and high PH where I am too (we're on a well), and have been failing miserably with algae. Cutting lights down slightly helped. What was the secret?
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How did you find the balance with algae? I have very hard water and high PH where I am too (we're on a well), and have been failing miserably with algae. Cutting lights down slightly helped. What was the secret?
Reduced lighting photoperiod and intensity. Planted + with each color on 1 click (except red 2 clicks) with about 6.5 hours total on time (split photoperiod).


Also reduced water change frequency to less than once a month...


...and an otto...
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