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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Going with nature

Hey everyone-

I had to leave town for a couple of months, and I came back to a tank pretty well overgrown with a single species -- sorry, but I can't remember what it is (I buy my plants in Indonesia and naming is not their specialty!) As you can see, it is quite over-grown (as you'd expect for 2+ months of no attention). There is also still a couple types of problematic algae.

The tank is about 1.5 years old now, so I think it has 'matured' to the point where I'd like to try and work with what I've got.

In other words, do you all have any recommendations for plants/fish/shrimp that would do well in this tank--considering the lush growth that you see here?

The tank has 4 regular-output fluorescent tubes, CO2 supplementing, a simple 'over-flow' style flooded trickle filter, and a nice bed of substrate.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 11:53 AM
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That's not over grown that's awesome

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 12:21 PM
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The plants will likely overcome the algae if the light is lowered and the length of it shortened. Are the bulbs in separate fixtures or pairs ?
If separate just remove one and shorten the length of time they are on for.

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Maybe it is just me, but I would definitely just start over. I doubt that you will be able to salvage that planting.

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Put a male Siamese in there and maybe a female as well. I'm a fan of guppies and keyhole cichlids. Basically all my fish.
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What size is the tank?
Probably add shrimp, see if they can tackle the algae, unless the tank is a lot larger than it looks.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-07-2015, 07:16 PM
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Your tank looks dramatic and beautiful!
Too bad we can't ignore housework and come up with similar results!

The top plant looks like some sort of moss, perhaps Java?
The last photo Staurogyne Repens?

I'd put in an Oto to remove the spidery algae, but be aware that after its cleaned up, you'll have to provide him with boiled spinach as they don't eat fish food.

You could also try an Amano shrimp or Nerite Snails.
You don't have to worry about either of them reproducing in your tank, bc they need brackish water for their larvae.

Nerite snails also come in a variety of patterns, my favorite is the zebra striped one.

Good luck, you are off to a wonderful start!
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