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Redone 45 gallon

I recently redid my 45 gallon. I started with this a month ago.


Then after some research, i got some Turface and 3m black sand and got this...


After a week of that, and some drift wood, i now have this...


The algee is bad, but its getting better. I have one SAE, 3 rare ottos, and 3 algee eatting shrimp. I may move another SAE into the tank for the time being.

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You may want to do a major overhaul...IMO you wont get rid of the algae unless you physically remove it...THEN replant heavily and dose accordingly. Currently, you can probably slow growth down, but getting rid of any infested plants, gravel, rocks, wood, etc would certainly help.

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Everything in there is new Well, except the fitlers, but the algree wasnt there before the over haul. I dont know where it came from I cant afford to tear it down again, i guess i just fight it for now
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If that was my situation I would throw out all the plants, clean the driftwood. Start scraping your tank and do a full 100% water change. It'll be more work just to fight the algae rather than redoing the whole tank.
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If that was my situation I would throw out all the plants, clean the driftwood. Start scraping your tank and do a full 100% water change. It'll be more work just to fight the algae rather than redoing the whole tank.
I agree...I'm sure some of us can send you some plants to get restarted...just think if it as a "weekend project"

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This sucks. Its going to have to wait till next weekend anyway...

What should i do with the plants i just got that have not gone in yet? Any chance i can save the plants i got with beach and water?
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If you want to save plants, i'd have them right now. I believe its 1 part bleach to 5 parts water? I'm not sure, you'll have to read my article on my website. I didn't use any measuring tools or anything but just little drip of bleach and some water and the algae went away within 15-20 minutes.
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If you want to save plants, i'd have them right now. I believe its 1 part bleach to 5 parts water? I'm not sure, you'll have to read my article on my website. I didn't use any measuring tools or anything but just little drip of bleach and some water and the algae went away within 15-20 minutes.

I've done 1:20 successfully...2 minutes for stem plants, 3 min for anubias, java fern, etc. You want to hold the plant by the roots into the water...don't let the roots get bleached

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