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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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99 Problems

Well it's not exactly 99...

But this tank has a lot of problems...

Anyone care to help me out?

Here are some pics...

I have 3 Amano Shrimps, A dozen or more RCS, A Siamese Algae Eater, 2 Nerite Snails, A Butterfly Pleco (it's what they told me) and a LOT of guppy and swordtail fry.

I have mixed Substrate.

I just can't get rid of those algae or whatever the hell those are on my plant leaves.

I don't dose ferts, I have no CO2, but I do change water at around twice weekly, at 25%.

Please please please HELP.
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Sorry I don't know what to say in regards to your plants, but thats a damn nice looking Nerite in the first pic.
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Can you describe the stuff on the anubias leaves? It is difficult to tell what it is from the photos. Is it green or white? Is it like the limescale found on shower heads? Can you scratch it off or is it leaf damage?

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Can you describe the stuff on the anubias leaves? It is difficult to tell what it is from the photos. Is it green or white? Is it like the limescale found on shower heads? Can you scratch it off or is it leaf damage?
It's uh... white-ish. It's a bit hard to scrape. If i do it by hand I can't put much force as i might destroy the leaf
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Lights too strong for your tank with no co2 and ferts, or dirty water but you said you do 50% a week I'm recovering from bad algae by cutting down photoperiod and increasing CO2
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"Too much light, no CO2". It could be a mantra Jay-Z could say.
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I got 99 problems but a nice looking nerite ain't one
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What are you using for filters/water moving pumps? Is there an air bubbler on the tank?

Is the stuff on the leaves an algae (greenish), or is it more of a mineral deposit? Or both?

Does it look like this?



Or more like this?


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i say way to much light for that algae to grow! try a blackout for two days.

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yeah i'm gonna go with excess light.
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What are you using for filters/water moving pumps? Is there an air bubbler on the tank?

Is the stuff on the leaves an algae (greenish), or is it more of a mineral deposit? Or both?

Does it look like this?



Or more like this?

More on the first one sir.
Kinda like the deposits you said.
I use two HOB filter.

and guys, that nerite is like common here
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Some species of plants can use bicarbonates in the water (the KH) for CO2. Anubias is one of these species. They do this when there is very little CO2 in the tank water. When this process happens it leaves telltale white calcium deposits on the leaves.

Without injecting CO2 into your tank (probably the better solution) you can try reduce the splashing and surface agitation to reduce the amount of CO2 that your tank loses.

If the stuff on the leaf surface looks more green or black then it is probably algae.

Like this:

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how do i get rid of black spot algae
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Basically by improving conditions long term (dosing ferts, possibly getting CO2). You can also use some peroxide and a syringe (for feeding medicine to baby's from the pharmacy) to help it die off. Spot trest the algae with peroxide daily by slowly squirting the peroxide onto the algae underwater. 3mL per gallon of water per day is the max dose you can use.

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Is it safe for my current Fauna?

And uh the tank is outside.

Check the My Collection Thread I made here : https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=775866

It is on one of those pictures

(the one with blue covering) (it was about three days ago that I tried the black out method)
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