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Hi all new to forum first post.

So i just started this today. It is half walstad & half high tech (weird its an experiment) John innes aquatic compost under planted areas. Pressurised co2 and 3.5 wpg t5 lighting. Got a 9000k daylight and a "nature" spectrum tube.



Tried for a riverbed scene.

The hornwart is to outcompete algae. Not sure of the final plant list yet lots of broad leaves and HC and Dwaft Hairgrass.
 

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10 Things I have leant from this tank over a month

Firstly - it was never Hornwort it was Cabomba Carolina and with high light and Co2 and EI dosing you need to trim it DAILY!! 1 inch a day some days !!

Secondly - you should never transfer a piece of bog wood from a tank with BBA to a brand new fresh tank (I now have bits of BBA 

Thirdly – Bacterial Blooms are no fun!

Fourth – Drop checkers are late to tell you when too much C02 is in by hours!!

Fifth – Leopard Bushfish are not really suitable pets in a planted tank

Sixth – More Filtration = Better looking tank

Seventh – HC Cuba is a finnecky plant! Now in direct flow hoping it works better

Eighth – When making a hardscape leave yourself some room to plant, and make sand beds deep enough to plant stuff in!!

Ninth – 2 Year olds in the same room as a tank = Sticky fingers on glass and tank slapping daily

Tenth – EVEN A LITTLE DIRECT SUN WILL RUIN EVERYTHING!!
 

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I am using drop checker with co2 etc but it is always green day or night is that perfect co2 or is it drop checker not working right?

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Hey there :) thanks I have had loads of problems setting it up. Have you got tanks I could have a look at?

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It takes a bit to adjust every aspect of a high tech tank; co2, light and ferts have to be balanced.
You definitely need to reduce your light period.

I have a tank, let me find the link


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I apologize, I thought I read last night that you keep your lights on for 13 hours.. Must have been another tank! lol

What size is your tank?



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No your right my lights are on from 8am till 9:30pm and I do get like algae but I have otos and siamese algae eaters on the case. Think I should reduce it?

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Plants stop using light after about 8 or so hours. You could develop some algae problems down the road. I personally keep my lights on from 12-4pm and 8pm-12am.

It's really your personal preference how long and when you keep the lights on; but having the lights on for 10+ hours could definitely set you up for algae problems later.

Algae eaters help tremendously.. However, they don't completely prevent outbreaks.


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