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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-13-2014, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hc went bad

Hi guys I need help and suggestions on hc. I bought a new 170 gallon aquarium and topped it off with eco complete. My plan was to dry start the hc, which was a complete disaster. I sprayed the hc with a spray bottle and also
Closed the tank to keep the humidity and no matter what I did the hc kept
Drying up. So what I panicked and decided to go with plan b I flooded the tank
And turned the co2 pretty high since I have no fishes. My hc is still planted in the substrate but looking yellower every day. My question is is the hc being affected by the tank not being cycled ? Also can my hc shake this one off or will it be stunned ? Also what can I do
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The aquarium not being cycled will have no impact on your HC.

It is good that you are injecting CO2, but how much CO2 are you injecting?

More importantly, what is your lighting situation like? A 170 gallon aquarium is quite large (and the dimensions might be a bit weird). If the aquarium is very deep, your lighting may not be able to penetrate to substrate level.

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Thank you for the reply. I have a 72" inch t5 330watts light fixture. But what I did is I only filled about the 1/3 of the tank with water and dropped the light inside the tank hanging about 3 inches from the water surface to give that hc some liGht. My co2 is at about 5 bubbles per second. The light was taken from my other tank that grew hc emmersed like crazy my hc exploded
And covered my 125 gallon. Completely. So I planted all the hc on my now new tank. I know it probably is also hurting from the change.
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I would ease up on the light until the hc comes back. If there is no fish crank up the CO2, 5 BPS on a 170 gallon seems really low. Make sure to add ferts, it might take a week or two for the hc to come back.

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