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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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My Planted Aquarium Questions

First I'll tell you what I've got setup before I ask my questions

Swords (argentine and Amazon), Micro sword, Money Wort, Water Sprite.

80 Gallon freshwater aquarium
260 watts of 6,700 K light
Soft Tap water due to my home's water softener
Substrate is White Sand
I also use a UV sterilizer
Once a month I dose with Flouish
Every day I use the appropriate 1 capful dose of Flourish Excel
15% weekly water change

Now my first problem is that I have thick green algae developing on all of my rocks in my aquarium and I can't seem to get rid of it. I was told this is because I have too many phosphates and not enough nitrate.

Second problem is that all of the new growth from my swords come in clear colored and stay narrow and never really get fat like the old original leaves.

Third problem is that i've been told my several people at fish stores that I need to add salt to my aquarium but at the same time I've heard salt is bad for plants as well.

Forth question is what do I need to change for my fertilizers because obviously if I'm having algae issues then i'm doing something wrong.

I'm looking for some "real" advice and I figure a forum dedicated to planted aquariums would be the place to go. Thank you now for your guys help I really appreciate it.
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Do you know your phosphate level? Do you know your nitrate level?

I highly doubt either one is high.

Take a few minutes and read my Guide. Then get some real fertilizers. Then think really really hard about getting a CO2 system. A cap full dose of Excel on a 80 gallon tank is akin to a homeopathic treatment. As is the once a month dose of Flourish.

Salt is not going to cure your problems. In fact I'll bet your tank is loaded with sodium ions from the water softener.
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I'm looking for some "real" advice and I figure a forum dedicated to planted aquariums would be the place to go. Thank you now for your guys help I really appreciate it.
Yes you are right, this is the place.
You have a lot of light and no doubt have a nutrient imbalance.
If you look at some older articles (and they don't have to be ancient) they will tell you that algae is caused by nitrates and phosphates. Not necessarily true.

My advice:
1) Read Rex's guide.
2) Read it again.
3) Test your water and start adding ferts.
3) Strongly consider pressurized CO2 unless you plan on increasing your Excel dosing.

A lot of folks here have had good success with the Estimative Index. Do a search here.
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I dose a capful of Excel every day into my 37. And I still barely notice a difference. Then again, I did buy the 2 liter bottle and have a lot to get rid of. You are looking at a major overhaul, so prepare accordingly.

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Ok so I've decided to buy a CO2 system for my aquarium... Don't know where because I don't know what I need really I looked on ebay and found the same system my LFS uses it's the "SMS122+ Milwaukee Co2 Regulator MA957+ GLASS Diffussor" it will cost 190.00 with shipping. Is this a good idea or can I get something better else where?

How should I adjust my dosing with my regular flourish and flourish excel? I bought half gallon bottles of each and I kind of want to use them up?
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Update

Ok so I've bought the recommended "dry ferts" mentioned in Rex's guide and have also purchased a 500 g. scale of of ebay for about 10$ USD. I have purchased all of the necessary tests as mentioned in Rex's Guide to Test Kits. I've decided to just go this rought because I rather enjoy chemistry and saving money as well. I'm holding off on the CO2 equipment for now because I feel I need to learn more about what I need before I spend a couple hundred dollars.

Oh ya BTW thank you so much for your help so far! And Rex I've printed probably half of your guide off just now so I can refer back to it for quick reference. Just to let you know that's what I really needed becuase I was really getting sick of the sifting throught all the BS people like to give as "fact"
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All you really need in a pressurized CO2 system is a cylinder, regulator, needle valve, check valve, tubing, bubble counter and diffusion method.
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Ok so I am just going to buy the system off of ebay then. Now what about the bottle? what size would I want to go with any recommendations? Also how much of a dose should I use in my aquarium as far as flourish and flourish excel go?
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