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Coming home from vacation

Well, the title says it all, I have been away on vacation for two weeks and I have been having someone feed my fish once a day and I have the light on a timer for 8 hours. I arrive home tomorrow to find out the damage.

Any advice for when I arrive home? My plan is to do a water change and get as much algae out with that as possible. Add some ferts (seachem excel, potassium, and iron) and double check my filter media.

I run a hob Penguin 150 with the bio wheel and carbon cartridge. I often ended if that cartridge is worth using lol.

Let me know what you guys would do otherwise, I will put up an image when I get home of how the tank looks.


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I would advise large water change asap. Don't recommend changing cartridges if your going to do a wc too. I would wait at least 3-4 days before changing cartrdige. In my high tech tanks, I would fertilize asap cuz they would be showing lots of deficiencies at that point.
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I would advise large water change asap. Don't recommend changing cartridges if your going to do a wc too. I would wait at least 3-4 days before changing cartrdige. In my high tech tanks, I would fertilize asap cuz they would be showing lots of deficiencies at that point.
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What I always did right when I got back to the tank is scrape the algae off the glass and vacuum the substrate a little bit. I would dose ferts in the new water going into the tank. Then I would give the tank a few days and then start messing with the plants i.e. removing GSA covered leaves, melted leaves, etc.
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Well I arrived home today and this is what I saw, it looks like bad diatoms with a mix of some green type of algae, any idea what it could be and what would you do at this point??

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Sorry about that here are the pictures








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Oh that is nothing. It can be brushed off. It looks like healthy green algae. Mainly because of the lack of water changes. How's everything else? The plants look nice!


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Yes the plants look nice in the pictures but are covered in brown algae, which I believe is just some diatoms, nothing a water change and two fingers cant fix. Any suggestions on a low light foreground plant. Also, my rocks have brown algae on them is it easy to get off of rocks?
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry too much. Trust me, there have been times were I have come home to sludge. My plants all melted and just started decomposing right there. Your tank looks nice. As for foreground plants, What do you have in mind? Something leafy? Something that crawls or a grassy look?


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something grassy kind of want it to cover most of the front of the rock and then wrap around the right side of the rick to give the tank some depth
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If it is just a diatom issue there's no need to worry. I've heard horror stories with aquarium owners going on vacation! I'm assuming the person you asked to feed the tank simply fed a little too much. A little imbalance leading to algae & diatoms is probably what is being shown. Take a toothbrush to the rocks to get rid of it followed by a water change.
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