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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2006, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Frustrated!

Blah, so I started with two planted tanks about a month ago. Things looked OK (plants were healthy...the scape sucked still). Then I got GW and GDA/GSA. I did a blackout and frankly, got tired of looking at my pea soup tank.

Then I kinda slacked on maintenance for a few days. GW cleared up a bit. Now my plants are dying, my fish are OK, but the tank looks "sickly". There's debris everywhere, and nothing is looking like it's supposed to. I read posts about great growth, fast-growing riccia, and everything! Not happening in my tank!

I'm getting frustrated and I haven't even mastered growing plants well yet. I see all the beautiful tanks on here and can't wait to get mine looking like those, but man, this is frustrating!

What can I do?! Someone help me! I was contemplating just ripping all the plants out and just going with a fish-only tank like I've been used to for years.
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To save time we really need the specs on the tanks.

Size
Amount of light
Length of photoperiod
Ferts, what kind, how much, how often
CO2?
Type of plants
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2006, 03:35 PM
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A picture might help too... often ppl use too little plants when starting up a tank. Also, when starting a tank from scratch (instead of with established substrate, plants, filter material, "gunk") various algae are to be expected.


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Deeeeep Breath...... Again.....

Now, remember...... Very few people post pics of their first attempt at planted tanks while they are still going wonky. Trust me.... we have all had our roller-coster rides. (Some still are. )

Know that we have all had it, and those that have the supper pretty tank pics are the ones that kept at it.

You will make it someday!

(sigh..... TAF ends her inspirational speach and goes back to fighting with her tanks. )

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A bit of patience goes a long way. The experience that you're seeing isn't unusual and many of us have dealt with it and are continually dealing with it. Many of the beautiful tanks that you see online weren't accomplished over night.

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I was having trouble with mine up until a month ago roughly. Then, suddenly, I adjusted a few things and I'm getting growth like you wouldn't believe and no algae! Not even green spot on the glass or leaves....I used to have to wipe it off the glass every few days.
That said, try adjusting a few things and see if things improve. DON'T trust test kits. That was my biggest error. I thought I was getting enough Co2 based on ph and kh reading, plus Po4 wasn't very accurate. All I really did was turn up the Co2 a tad and started dosing slightly more (particularly trace mixture and Po4). The weeds took off. Maybe you should try a similar thing. Change something, wait a few days, make adjustments as necessary. Do your wc once a week(50% or so). good luck

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P.S. If you need some reassurance, check out this post from when I set up my tank in early 2005 -- it was a mess! But it was my first attempt at a high light, high tech planted tank. Needless to say it looks MUCH better now!
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/al...over-pics.html

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i feel your pain, i am having the same problems... its right in my dorm for everyone to see too im sure things will turn around soon!


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i get this feeling that a lot of people with these problems try to do too much too soon. i've never had GW (thank goodness). i had the occasional algae problems, but they were remedied with water changes. still have some BBA but nothing too bad. upgrades to my tank were VERY gradual and pretty frustrating to look back and think about how i could've added this and that back then instead of upgrading later (specifically lighting). but maybe that's why my tank is in pretty good shape.

now i'm kinda scared to start a new tank with everything all at once for fear of getting GW a month later
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