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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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rebooted spec V..now with dirt!

So I just redid this tank,and got a pic of it freshly filled.I had let it go and grow a bunch of hair algae so I could try out Algaefix.After 3 treatments,algae was still there but this happened:

(water lettuce) so I redid the tank with MGO and BDBS.just filled today.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 10:31 AM
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Algae fix didn't kill algae?


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If you still have some of the water lettuce, it might be a good idea to get a plastic soap dish like folks use for ripariums and keep some of the lettuce floating in that. New soil can put off a lot of nutrients into the water column and the lettuce will help absorb a good chunk of it.
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I still have all of the water lettuce,a couple will go back in like I had before it exploded.It's all in a bucket atm.

according to the algaefix bottle,it just controls algae growth then you're supposed to use it every week.

I was hoping I might be able to make an algaefix dip for new plants.

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I remember the first time I used algaefix.
accidentally used it in a shrimp tank. I guess you know what happened there lol

Bump: I remember the first time I used algaefix.
accidentally used it in a shrimp tank. I guess you know what happened there lol
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If you still have some of the water lettuce, it might be a good idea to get a plastic soap dish like folks use for ripariums and keep some of the lettuce floating in that. New soil can put off a lot of nutrients into the water column and the lettuce will help absorb a good chunk of it.
I just added a couple of the bigger water lettuce,they're like 3 1/2 inches diameter.Why the soap dish?

Just did water testing,not bad,0 ammonia,0 nitrites and 5 ppm nitrate.The filter should have been already cycled.the other tank I did with dirt leeched ammonia till after a couple of water changes.

Pretty pleased with the test results.

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weekly update.added some red rotala,planted the stem that was flaoting last week,along with a piece of stem that looked bad,but it's sprouted new growth.Hoping the long leafless stem will sprout some side shoots.about to do the first w/c since the initial fill.

EDIT: wow,I can really see growth!
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another week..

Added some of those AR I got at petsmart..wonder where top fin gets thier common names they put on the packages? make em up on the spot?

dwarf sags are throwing runners,stuff is growing!
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update

ok,the growth in this tank is nuts,I just pulled out water lettuce,it had comepletly covered the surafce again.I trimmed some of the taller hygros,and the amazon sword os growing new bigger leaves almost every day.the dwarf sag is trying to take over,the runners are sending out runners,and the older ones are getting big looking more like Vallesneria.

this spec v is a great little tank,it just doesn't have enough real estate for planting,lol.
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ok,the growth in this tank is nuts,I just pulled out water lettuce,it had comepletly covered the surafce again.I trimmed some of the taller hygros,and the amazon sword os growing new bigger leaves almost every day.the dwarf sag is trying to take over,the runners are sending out runners,and the older ones are getting big looking more like Vallesneria.

this spec v is a great little tank,it just doesn't have enough real estate for planting,lol.
nice growth. would love to see you take it to the limit and have a giant mass of green in your tank.
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getting ready for a major trim.Had to remove the water lettuce to a larger tank,the main ones are like 5 inches across with massive root systems.That sword is getting huge!

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Nice tank! It's like a jungle
What fauna do u have in there?


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No fauna yet...Thinking of making it a shrimp tank,though I've never kept them before.Originally I was going to put a betta in there.I do have pink ramshorns and MTS though.

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No fauna yet...Thinking of making it a shrimp tank,though I've never kept them before.Originally I was going to put a betta in there.I do have pink ramshorns and MTS though.


Cool! I have red cherry shrimp right now and they're really fun to watch! And they are one of the less demanding shrimps so it'd be good to start out with them


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