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workshopper's /6g/-updated on 24/03/10

Hey folks.

I filled my 6g tank again and also I made a little sump for the tech.
It is about 2g and It has 3 chambers :First for filter media, second for bio balls and co2 injection and third for pump and heater.
I'm having a nice co2 lvls, about 40 ppm. I hope that HC grows well altough I have a plain gravel. I can order maybe aquasoil soon if it's necessary.

So others specs are:

Lighting: 2x18w compact fluorocents (3000k)
Filter: DIY
CO2: DIY yeast ; about 40 ppm
substrate: Tropica plant substrate under the plain gravel.
lighting period: 7 hours
Ferts: TPN+ 3xWeek with WC
PH: 6.6
KH: 6

Plants: HC, Blyxa japonica, downoi,rotala rotundfolia for cycling period, rotala wallichii which I had to remove from my 40g since SAE's were eating it.

Fauna: None

As you can read I am using tropica plant nutrition plus liquid, but I am able to dose EI also, however I think that TPN+ can give enough N and P to keep algae away.

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Wow nice startup!

Thanks for sharing!
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nice. let's see that sump!


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Hey, thanks.

This sump is 30x25x10cm and about 7,5 litres ~2 g, but it isn't filled totally.
Bioballs are in the middle section, filter media above to hold them down, you can see also co2 tube which goes into second chamber.

Btw, I have only one crappy pic of it. I hope it helps to give you the idea.

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Hey!

It's been awhile, so I think it is time for the uptate.

I am having a battle with BGA, it is weird because I am dosing KNO3, Kh2PO4, K2SO4 and TPN correctly. Also my plants are growing nicely.
I'm having correct levels of nitrites and phosphates.
Maybe I should do a blackout ? If it kills HC?
Btw, blyxa died and I decided to put more plant mass. As you can see, I used
demersum for it.

So, does anyone have suggestions how to kill BGA?

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Looking good! You could definitely do a blackout to get rid of the BGA. Maybe 3 days with manual removal and water changes. That should kill it off. Good luck!

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Thanks, Mike,
I'll try to do a blackout, are you sure that my HC will survive?
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It should. I'd be shocked if it died in that short of a time period.

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I've done it and I'm Certain it will be fine, hairgrass will be knocked back however.
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looks real nice sump is cool
id like some bigger rocks in there
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So, does anyone have suggestions how to kill BGA?
Tank is looking good man. As far as the BGA goes, there is a chance that nitrates bottomed out in the tank leading to the growth of BGA. That being said, there are several methods that you can use to try to get rid of it. You can do a complete blackout for 3 days. There are a lot of posts about this on the forum. The other option is to nuke it with EM (Erythromycin).

I went the EM route after unsuccessfully getting a blackout to work. I followed the dosing directions on the package and by about day 5 or so the BGA started to dissappear.

After the treatment, I upped my nitrate dosage a bit and haven't had a problem since.

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Having BGA is weird because I started to dosing Tropical plant nutrition plus instantly, which includes N and P. I dosed like 3 ml every second day ,plus 3 times WC per week. Then I saw the BGA and I started EI.
I made solutions according to this site : http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/EI.htm :
And I am dosing about 10 ml KNO3, 5 ml Kh2po4 and 2 ml K2So4. I have also a nice lvls of CO2 inspite of using YEAST.

How to get rid of BGA?

Firstly I will do a 3 days blackout and then I use this other method - Erythromycin.
I'm not sure if I can buy it, because it is an antibiotic and in Estonia we can buy it only by having a doctor prescription.

///About the rocks - I haven't had time to find any cool rocks because we have snow and I though that natural rocks which lay on fields would be great.
If the snow goes , then I'll try to find a new rocks.///

PS! I got my aquasoil last week and I'm not sure if I want to replace plain gravel, because the HC is looking great.

Okay, well, I try to get rid of BGA and then I will post some update pictures.


Thanks for the opinions.

(Sorry about bad grammar)
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nice tank!!! I think you should put in some microrasbora!! They are awesome!!!
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Hey, after few years, I did some rearrangements.

Specs:

Lights: 2x24w PC , Philips 840
CO2: Pressurized with glass diffuser (~30 ppm co2)
Ferts: KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4 plus TPNK
WC: 1x week 70%
PH: 7.0
KH: 10

Plants:

Hemianthus callitrichoides „cuba”
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Hygrophila polysperma „Rosanervig”
Glossostigma elatinoides
Ludwigia glandulosa
Eusteralis stellata
Eleocharis parvula
Pogostemon helferi
Rotala rotundfolia











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