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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Holey Crapoley! (need lots of advice)

I just came back from a week long business trip to Asia and my tank has gone WILD!!!

I am just blown away......I knew that I would find a jungle when I came back....but nothing like this. Seriously....Bacopa strands two-three feel long, Red Tiger Lotus leaves teh size of small pancakes, sunset hygro EVERYWHERE.

So...here is where I need help:
1. I was gone a full week...but I am sure my tank grew faster the week I was gone than during a normal week when I dose. Could I be overdosing and thus slowing growth? I am using the low end of Wolfenexxx's chart and Gregg Watson ferts. I also skipped a waterchange so the water in the tank is two weeks old. Too lazy and tired to test my params right now.

2. What is the best way to prune Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)? The plant had two long stalks that went all the way to the surface. Before I left I found a place where sever branches originated and cut the long stalks there. While I was gone the wisteria didnt get any taller, it simply grew out as the horizontal branches grew out. It doesnt look anywhere near as good now...

3. There is so much jungle now that my Cardinal Tetras are remaining hidden in the brush almost completely out of sight (I originally thought they must have been all dead). Is this normal?

4. I have black algea all over the place. I had a bit in my micro-swords and on my annubais leaves before I left...but it is all over now. Any ideas how to get rid of it?

I am going to reply to this post later with water params and some photos - I took shots before I left so you can see the AMAZING before and after.

Thanks,

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 07:37 PM
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So if nothing good happens quickly in a planted tank, it looks like your dosing kicked in which explains the explosive growth, but then ran out as evidenced by algea growth. So looking good and keep it up!

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Very Interesting Theory

I am hoping that when I go back to dosing the black brush algea will dissappear....it is UGLY.

Thanks for the reply!
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I am in the process of trying out the "Seachem Flourish Excel vs. BBA" idea.

Some folks have been noticing as of late that dosing Flourish Excel (overdosing, actually) in an aquarium hit with some algaes has been actually eradicating the algae. My 75G has been taking on a bit of BBA in the Blyxa japonica, so I am going to try the experiment out myself.

I'll fill everyone in with my dosage and results as I progress.

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Mike,

Any effects on the Excel yet on your BBA?
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I just started overdosing excel on my 46 gallon tank. I currently run pressurized C02 at 30++ppm. I am dosing 2-3x the normal dose. It has been 3 days since I started dosing and already the tips of the BBA are turning red. I have heard this is what happens. What is going to happen next? Is it just going to go away or should I manually remove it? Any others with this red thing?
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Hmm. Interesting about the Excel. I run my pressurized CO2 at 30ppm+. I might raise it, but my pH is already at 6.5-6.6. Don't want to lower it much more.

My BBA is not threadlike, just dirty black ash marks on certain older leaves and some leave edges. I did a prune, but maybe I'll grab some Excel, too.

Keep the results coming, and your dosing.

FYI - When I return from vacation or are even away for a couple days, when I return to the tank, there always seems like a lot of growth. I think there is something to be said for not always sticking your hands in a tank. Let it be for a few days, it seems to take off.
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I just started overdosing excel on my 46 gallon tank. I currently run pressurized C02 at 30++ppm. I am dosing 2-3x the normal dose. It has been 3 days since I started dosing and already the tips of the BBA are turning red. I have heard this is what happens. What is going to happen next? Is it just going to go away or should I manually remove it? Any others with this red thing?
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this sounds just like treating it with h2o2, discussed in the algae section. I cant link threads to save my life so you will have to search. However, your bba should eventually turn purple and slowly disentagrate (sp?)
dont try to pull it off, you will likely tear your plants.
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