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My "20 gallong"

I originally set this tank up about 9 months ago in late June. It was very bad timing however because I abruptly moved away to school at the end of August. The tank was doing great while it was under my supervision, but when I left, I left my parents in charge. I planned to bring it with me to school the next time I visited home, and I didn't think it would be a big deal leaving it in there care for a few weeks. I came home months later, the tank looked great and had grown a lot, but I was feeling too lazy to make the three hour transport. More time went by, I came home again, and this time the tank was choked with a very fine light green algae. The light had been getting left on for too long and the CO2 system was no longer working. I decided that in order to salvage the tank I must bring it with me to school. So... long epic story short, I made the transport. I did this yesterday by myself, and it took me all day. Since the algae outbreak I've cleaned the tank, set the lights properly with a timer, and refilled the CO2 tank. I currently have a pair of mollies with 3 babies, and 3 red cherry shrimp living in the tank. I'm hoping to lose the mollies and add some unique guppies here in the next few weeks.



Here is what I'm using with this tank:
65w power compact light
Ehiem 2213 filter
Awesome driftwood that I found cheap on ebay
Red Sea 500 CO2 system
Half amazonia 2 and half fluorite gravel (90-100% Amazonia 2 used in front where HC and dwarf clovers are growing)
I occasionally dose with small amounts of seachem flourish
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-30-2011, 03:44 PM
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Nice setup you have there! It actually looks pretty good for being neglected like that. Now that you have it with you at school, I have a feeling it's going to look even better in the upcoming weeks. Welcome to the planted tank, by the way!

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hey thanks sewingalot,
Yeah it lookin' pretty good at the moment, but if you look real close at the plants you can see there is algae amongst the leaves.


When I introduced my aquarium above I forgot to explain why I decided to start this journal, and what all I plan to accomplish with this tank. Over the next few months I plan on battling this algae into nonexistence. Once thats done I'm gonna purchase some sort of moss (haven't decided on what type yet) and grow it on the branches of the small tree looking piece of driftwood in the left side of the tank. Its going to take months, maybe even a year to get this tank where I want it, so i figured I might as well document the whole process here. I'll post more pics in a week or so, once things start changing.
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This is what the tank looked like in its early stages.
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That is a huge improvement! You've come quite a way in just a little period of time. Good luck on battling the algae. I've heard if you give it to someone else, it frees you from it's spell. Actually, I stopped worrying about algae and started focusing on the plants. I do know excel works wonders for algae removal and so does hydrogen peroxide.

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+1 on the hydrogen peroxide. its taking care of some bba algae i have in my tank.

looks good, can;t wait to see it as it fills in.


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I read the thread on this site about using Hydrogen Peroxide as an algaecide. It sounds promising so I purchased both an oral syringe and a 1 pint bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide from the local walmart for $2.69. A few hours ago I applied 4, 5ml doses of HP to the algae exposed areas. The initial result was this.
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nice tank, what plant is carpeting the front?
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Thats mainly HC carpeting the front, but there is also some dwarf hairgrass, and dwarf clover in there too.
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The algae is slowly retreating. I used Hydrogen Peroxide on one occasion and got good results. I recently added a few lyretail guppies, and my female molly popped out about 12 babies so the tank is damn near overloaded with fish. Anyway, I know this site primarily focuses on aquatic plants, but I just have to show off these new guppies.
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