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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I've been reading posts here for a period of time, and wanted to ask for some of your opinions and assistance. I run a 60 gallon cube tank with two 65 watt custom sea life compact fluorescent lamps, JBJ c02 setup w/ 5lb tank, aquaclear 300 filter, ebo jager 150watt heater, and pure fluorite substrate. I also just started using the seachem Phosguard to cut down on phosphates. Seems like I have ongoing algae problems. LFS staff always tell me to "get your plants growing faster than algae so they use up nutrients." Thus far, it's been difficult to do so. I use a combination of Seachem tabs, aquarium products fertilizer tabs, and Kent Freshwater plant liquid. (Not all at once of course!) I get what I would categorize as "less than mediocre" plant growth. I also do weekly water changes of usually 10 gallons pure tap water w/ amquel and novaqua treatment per the directions on the bottle. Fish include:

2 flying fox
20 Cardinal tetra (approx - hard to count)
5 medium sized angel fish
6 small cory cats

Here's a partial listing of my plants:

Amazon Sword (4)
Radican Sword (1)
Java Fern (3 distinct groups)
Valisneris (2)
Other unidentified plants

I know that I probably should have more plants, but i've had difficulty with these so I'm unsure about adding more. I've tried a number of things:

1. Recently added the JBJ Co2 setup
2. Mixture of fertilizers, both tablet and liquid form
3. I added a secondary 65w powercompact a few months ago, but ever since then it seems like I've been battling algae
4. Tried feeding the fish a little less as to prevent uneaten food in the substrate, but now my fish are eating my plants

Looking through the gallery here, many of you have beautiful tank setups. This stuff really is a lot harder than it looks - I've learned that over the last year. I was thinking of trying pure RO water or a mix of RO and Tap Water during water changes, and also changing out my 10,000k lamps for 6700k lamps. Can anyone give any other pointers or suggestions as to other adjustments I could make?

thanks,

Peter
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 07:44 PM
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My only advice, would be to get a whole bunch, of green hygro, water wisteria, and/or anacharis, and throw it in there. There all great nutrient suckers. The plants you have are mostly heavy root feeders. You need water coloumn feeders to really tackel ur algae problem. That would be my first step. Then take on your dosing issues.
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