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post #46 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-10-2020, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yep with proper circulation/gas-nutrient exchange and stabilizing your water/change water parameters your seeing the results. Shrimp are healthy, happy and always grazing, carpeting plants look really good too.
Thank you for all the help.
Trying to keep it all happy will be the next challenge, I'm sure. This has been my first real experience with a carpeting plant.

I have one more question for you, and anyone else who thinks they can help. How do you, personally, tell when the light is too strong?

I ask this because at the beginning of the week I moved the position of my light, pushing it back towards the rear of the tank, to help a higher light plant be just a little closer to the light. Well, there are a few plants at the front of the tank that have just taken off with growth this week. For comparison, the amount they have grown this week is equivalent to what they have grown in about 3-4 weeks. It's insane.

Could my light be a little too strong, still?
The plants that had this ginormous growth were: rotala wallichii, lagenandra, Ludwigia Glandulosa Peruensis, and staurogyne sp. Bihar.
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post #47 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-12-2020, 12:10 AM
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Could also be their not getting enough light and are now stretching up towards the light instead of producing more compact growth. Look at spacing between leaf nodes, if that length is increasing over what it was thatís probably the case.

With that size tank and intensity and ramps you stated I doubt very seriously your over lighting. Iíd move light back to more in the middle and start ramping up intensity across midday range , say 40-60-40 then keep moving all those up say 5 every week till you find the balance between to much light causing algae and just right.

If plants are tall enough in back their going to get into light fall off zone at upper edges of back glass. Easiest way to fix that is raise the light a inch or 2 then up the intensity to compensate for increased distance. Youíve got plenty of headroom left in that lights intensity to do that.
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Could also be their not getting enough light and are now stretching up towards the light instead of producing more compact growth. Look at spacing between leaf nodes, if that length is increasing over what it was that’s probably the case.

With that size tank and intensity and ramps you stated I doubt very seriously your over lighting. I’d move light back to more in the middle and start ramping up intensity across midday range , say 40-60-40 then keep moving all those up say 5 every week till you find the balance between to much light causing algae and just right.

If plants are tall enough in back their going to get into light fall off zone at upper edges of back glass. Easiest way to fix that is raise the light a inch or 2 then up the intensity to compensate for increased distance. You’ve got plenty of headroom left in that lights intensity to do that.
Pretty sure you are correct on the plant growth. I included a full picture of the tank. As you can see the light is a out 5ish inched above the water. When I bought the light I accidentally got the wrong length and got a 24" instead of a 30", but I figured that didn't really matter. Let me know if you have any more advice on the light. Maybe lower it? Let me know.

That said, I've been nervous to raise my lighting due to the very recent algae breakout and with the fact that I was still battling small patches of BBA.

You'll notice I said was battling small patches. I've been back at work the last few days and didn't have much time to do much of anything with the tank, or be able to watch it. Well, that bit me hard. The BBA is now back to being a full on pest and a ton of green hair algae has come back. I don't understand why, at all. I think maybe my co2 wasn't high enough? I ended up raising it today.

I don't really know what else to do & check now. Any help is appreciated. I'll attach the best pictures I can get.
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Any of you have any thoughts on my previous post? I did change a couple of things, but still I'd love all of your opinions.
I've really appreciated the help, and have really enjoyed learning from you all.
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