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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Nospherith's 20H algae farm

Hey, welcome to the journal. Well, after a rather interesting start, the tank is finally up and running. I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before I start to experience algae problems, but that's life right? So anyway, you'll have to wait for pics of the algae. Just some info about me: I'm a 22, majoring in environmental science at Cal-Poly. I enjoy the acoustic guitar and I think the new Silent Hill movie is pretty nifty.

Seriously though, I'm really enthusiastic about starting up a planted tank journal here at the plantedtank. I've been lurking here for quite a while and the forum's search function has proven invaluable. I have great respect for the minds here, and I guess I feel gifted to even have the opportunity to post a journal alongside the best in the hobby.

OK, on to the meaty part of the post: tank specs!

20g High
-Lighting: 3.5wpg (55w PC 8000K + 15w T-8 6700K = 70 watts)
-CO2: Pressurized (Milwaukee regulator), diffusion via Hagen bubble ladder
-Dosing: K2SO4, KNO3, Seachem Flourish; weekly 30-50% water change
-Substrate: Eco-Complete & mafic riversand
-Filtration: Penguin Biowheel
-Fauna: SAE, algae shrimp, yellow guppies, threadfin rainbowfish
-Flora: Rotala indica, Ludwigia arcuata, Rotala wallachi, Heternathera zosterifolia, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Crytocoryne walkeri, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Saggitaria subulata, Elocharis acicularis, Glossostigma elatinoides, Fontinalis antipyretica, and all sorts of algae.

I'll post water params later but I'll say that we have really hard water and a really high pH. We also get our tap from groundwater so it's just full of electrolyte goodness... Good for the RO industry, bad for me... I don't have RO BTW.

20H Day 1.0

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 02:41 PM
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Nice looking aquascape. I suggest you add some phosphate to your dosing though. Plants do need it. You can use KH2PO4 or Fleet's enema.

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Update 050306 & Macro photos

-- UPDATE 05/03/06

After recently observing nutrient deficiency symptoms in the rotala, I started EI again (with PO4) and growth is now optimal. However, I'm having some problems with some other plants. The ludwigia's stems are dying at the base, not too sure what to do about that other than wait for roots to anchor. The dwarf saggitaria is not growing at all, leaves are yellow-green. I'm thinking it's because of the water hardness. Rotala wallachi isn't growing all that great either, probably for the same reason. Everything else is growing well. Spent some time taking macro shots. I really like the shrimp and snails. They're fantastic creatures.


Week 2: 05/03/06

can you see the algae?

gametophytic trumpet
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pretty! I love the O2 bubble on your glosso I believe, I'm horrible at identifying plants, I can barely hornwort from anacharis... Also you have such cute looking snails. Are they MTS? If so, I really need to get my hand on some of them.
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--UPDATE 5/06/06

I just discovered, to my terror, that the filamentous algae blight that was responsible for the complete tearing down of my first scape has now made a presence in my current tank. This is hell algae, ladies and gentlemen. Nothing will stop it. I'm terrified. I have pics of my old aquarium that is 75% covered in this stuff just after 2 weeks. Any suggestions on how to make a pre-emptive strike against filamentous algae menace?


BTW, thanks fishcrazee. They are indeed Malaysian Trumpet Snails.
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what kind of fish do you have in there?
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2 algae shrimp
2 yellow guppies
1 threadfin rainbowfish

The SAE didn't even touch the filamentous algae last time. I don't think they'll eat it. The algae shrimp are new to this tank though.
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looks like hair algae? try get yamato shrimp as much as you can to put inside.

48" X 18' X 18"
36W Philips FL 865 x 3
40W Azoo FL Super Light x 1
Total = 148W (8pm-2am)
JET 3388 2000L/H
2.5L CO2 Tank + Reactor 24H
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-- UPDATE 5/08/06

The tank water smells like hippie now that I'm dosing MelaFix to alleve a major tail-wound that one of the guppies had sustained. Besides that, I did a 50% W/C today and added some K+ and KNO3 love. (1/4 tsp and 1/8 tsp resp.)

A black-powder algae has started to grow on the cryptocoryne leaves. Mostly the older ones. I'm pretty sure that it's caused by the light level. Not sure if there's anything nutrient related I can do about it.


Hey, I didn't call this an algae farm for nothing.

Ching4ever, thanks for the reply. It sounds like a good idea, although it would seem I would need 1,000 of the little buggers to eat all that algae.
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