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Here are some pics I just took of my 55...Keep in mind the tank was neglected over christmas and I am just now getting back on schedule as far as dosing, just went pressurized a week ago...

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Bump! No comments?
I will post more pics as the tank grows in more...
 

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its better to post pics directly in the thread. most people dont wanna click links. i checked them out. i dont like the blue background tho. would look better if it were black
 

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Yes, clicking a link is very complicated....smirk... I like the blue background...It's just a personal preference though...
 

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Notice the nasty looking algae that is almost slime like on the driftwood...What is it? How do I get rid of it? Never had it before, it just popped up during my period of neglect...
 

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Its Blue Green Algae(BGA). Theres alot of ways to rid of this, whats your nitrates at? I have herd increasing nitrates will rid this. There also anibacterial medications that can be used. Technically its not an "algae", its considered bacteria. Not 100% on this but Im sure others will correct me if Im wrong.
 

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Storm, I haven't quite mastered my digital camera yet, still workin with it, maybe I'll be able to post some better looking pics once I get it figured out...
 

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the algae kinda looks like the start of BBA(black brush algae)
what fish are in there?
SAE's will eat this sometimes.

I agree, the background takes alot of focus away from the plants.

The longer you stay here, the more you'll want too start doing amano style scapes and suff. It's like a slow cancer, growing on you.
 

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Ordered a Coralife 4x65 watt yesterday, can't wait to get it...(I have already added it in my sig...lol). I took the bga infected driftwood out and rinsed it with hot water then baked it for a good 30-40 min....hopefully that will end the bga prob (It was only on that one piece of wood). With the negative comments on the blue background Im gonna scrape it off and change it to black...It's time for a change anyway, it's been like that for about 3 years now. I also have ordered some plants from Aquabotanic last week but I still haven't heard anything....hopefully they will come soon...I will post new pics of the tank once i get the background changed. My fiance isn't to happy with me, In the last 2 or 3 months I have bought the coralife light, Filstar xp2, and a Rex Grigg Co2 regulator...Oh well, she will get over it...lol.
 

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Heres a pic after i cleaned the driftwood off...

 

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nice looking tank there. is it just me or are the colors a little funny?
I was thinking the same thing. I think its the blue background clashing with the green and reddish of the plants. Just a personal preference, but I would ditch the blue background and inert gravel.
 

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The substrate is 95 percent shultz, 4 percent sand and 1 percent gravel. The blue background is 2 different shades of blue and i plan on changing it tonite or tomorrow....probably just paint it black after I scrape off the blue.
 

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Heres a pic with the new black background..
 

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Nice.
much more calming now, instead of extremely busy.
I love that grassy foreground plant, is it microsword?
 

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It's dwarf hairgrass..
 

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Just got my plants from Aquabotanic yesterday and got em planted...I also used peroxide on the bga and it killed it, hopefully it's gone for good. I will post more pics later today after the lights come on. Oh and thanks ppl for suggesting the background color change, I had never thought about it drawing attention from the plants...I like the black better but my wife hates it...She said the blue was prettier...Oh well...
 

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Cool. i didn't think it was dwarf hairgrass because it looks wider.
Good luck aquascaping this. my 55 is driving me nuts.
 
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