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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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HELP ME! Ada Mini-S failing.

I'm having trouble with my planted tank. I have an ADA Mini-S with a
modified light (Archea from AFA) that uses the ADA Solar-S 27watt bulb 6700k. I have API root tabs and all three Pfertz macro liquid nutrients. I have a 20oz paintball CO2 tank that I get filled at a paintball shop attached to a Dasz nano diffuser. I use ADA Amazonia Soil. I use a zoomed filter. Water changes at about 33% twice a week.

My plants will not grow. I seem to only grow a mixture of algae and
what appears to be a cyanobacteria that looks like string/beard alage,
but I don't think is actually algae. I run the lights from 8am to
about 6pm with CO2 going at about 1 bubble per second. My water here
is very soft in Portland... from the tap I get about 1 drop of KH or
GH to make it change color. I have to add baking soda to bring the PH
up, and I've had to put some crushed coral in there to help stabalize
the PH.

Nothing will root. Not my HC, not my glosso, not even my dwarf
hairgrass. They grow tall, but they don't root and spread. It
doesn't seem to matter how close I place the light to the water.

So what am I doing wrong? Too many ferts? Too much micro ferts?
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Hi, let me see what hypotheses I can think of:
-Maybe the fact that you only use plants with a lower metabolism and put too much ferts give the algae a chance to establish itself. Try adding fast growers, changing the water more, and dosing less ferts.
-Also try to shorten you photoperiod to up to 6-7 hours to see if that helps.
-Maybe the crushed coral has raised hardness so much that it bothers the plants but not the algae
-If this tank is new it could be that you started dosing too early, and the plants didn't have time to adapt themselves, and didn't consume too much nutrients. add that already nutrient-rich water with the aquasoil leaching nutrients and ammonia in the water, plus high light and you get an algae explosion. If your plants are new then they would need to adapt first.
-Dispose of any dying plant matter, it will only make things worse.
-I know a lot of members here start planted tanks and even very minimalistic iwagumis or slow-growth scapes (ferns, anubias and mosses mainly) doing exactly the same things you did with some success, but this hobby deals with life and life is always unpredictable, what works for one may not work for another.
That's all I can think of, I'm really sorry If I'm no help and for what's happening to you.
I truly hope you can get your tank out of this bad phase and I look forward to seeing it crystal-clear and healthy!
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How long has the tank been running?
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The tank has been up and running about a month in its current state.

Thanks for the advice. I just tore out a bunch of dying plants, I cleaned up the algage off the rocks and I swept the soil with a syphon. I did a huge water change and I replanted the remaining healthy looking plants. I'm going to pump big CO2 for the next week straight.

Ugly: I know you have the same light as me. Do you find it doens't reflect into the water very well? Is this bulb the same as the Solar S? How far above the water and what angle do you place the light?
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Well you did good, hopefully it'll kick back into shape.
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The reflector does suck, but it's more than enough light for a Mini-S. I have it three and a half inches from the rim of the tank. It's angled so that the bulb is parallel with the water's surface.

I think you shouldn't be dosing so soon in the tank's life. Just K should do it.
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How could the non-spreading/upward growth be explained then? The light is on order as Ugly Genius confirms since he has the same lighting, but doesn't upward growth of Glosso mean insufficient lighting? Or could it be that the upward growth is stimulated by the outcompeting algea?

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Glosso will grow upwards initially as well as outwards unless trained otherwise by either burying it really deep upon initial planting or pruning when it sends up second sets.

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I quote; Nothing will root. Not my HC, not my glosso, not even my dwarf
hairgrass. They grow tall, but they don't root and spread. It
doesn't seem to matter how close I place the light to the water.

If nothing will root nor spread except upwards there has to be another problem than just trimming I would have to think. I agree that glosso needs trimming to stay short though.

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