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I have a 32gal waterhome that I was so proud of a few years ago. I ended up getting a VERY BAD case of BGA and no matter what I tried it would not go away. I still have some. I have been battling it for well over a year. Anyways, The majority of my plants have died and I completely lost interest and completely neglected my tank.

My tank is the standard 2x20watt Normal Output which puts my tank at about 1.2 wpg.
Are there any other tanks out there with a similar set up. T5NO and T5HO are completely different and have a much greater output so I would rather not see those because its a completely different set up.

Can you please direct me to similar setups or show me yours. I am really trying to get interested again and want some ideas.

Please please please please. :)
 

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I'm currently battling bga myself, if you dont have any plants, you could setup a quarantine tank and bleach out your current aquarium n equipment, then restart. If you don't want to head down the hi tec route you could do moss anubias and fern tank, there are some amazing ones out there

Did the math, do u have a 33gal tank?
 

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Its a 32 gal
dimensions: 31.5x14x17.5

I did bleach out my system and vinegar'd the rest which was living stuff... minus the fish. Put everything back together and BGA came back, though not nearly as bad. Plants covered in diatoms and BBA. I just did a 80% WC today so we shall see how that helps things out.
Fish are sure happy :)
 

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Below is a pic of my two 20g longs with 2x18w T5NO's on them. Not exactly the same as your 32g, as my tanks are only 13" high. I really like my NO fixtures. I have 4 other larger tanks with HO's on them, and find hanging them and having each bulb on a separate switch for lighting options is the way to go. I find my tanks go thru a 4-6 month settling in period, where I fight algae. But once the tanks "mature" a bit, providing I keep up with algae removal, wc's, co2 or excel and fert dosing, all is good.

This one has been set up for a couple of years now, it's my Q/holding tank, it really needs a good trim:


This one's been set up since this spring, I just added a bunch more plants, IMO, heavily planted tanks are easier to maintain:
 

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and thank you londonloco :) I agree heavily planted tanks are much easier to maintain. Mine was very heavily planted but then BGA took over and literally choked everything out. All I have left are java ferns, anubias and brazilian pennywort... as well as duckweed and ricca. I have no ideas how they got in my tank because I havent added anything new in over a year and never had these plants until a few months ago. Suddenly they are covering the surface of my tank. Very strange.

I went through the entire thread on low tech can be lush too and found a tank almost exactly like mine in specs. So I need to look at getting plants like the ones in there. And other low light plants.
 

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I would try a 30 inch 2 bulb T5NO fixture. Get one with legs and it will fit your tank. This is assuming you would like to keep it low tech. We will always be in a constant battle with algae :(
 

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I have a 32gal
My tank is the standard 2x20watt
31.5x14x17.5
Is that L x W x H?
Am I right to assume that they are T8 bulbs? If so definitely not enough light. I had that on my 29g and not much grew. Perhaps get 10,000k bulbs would help. For Trallen used just 1 on his 55g tank.
 

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Yes they are the regular T8 bulbs. Im not going to buy a new fixture for my tank until I am finished having kids and they are old enough to understand not to touch. Currently its in an enclosed hood that locks in a way, so its very safe for my son which is only 16 months now. Sure he doesnt reach and wont for quite some time but im sure before then he will figure out that chairs and tables and toys can be used as step stools.

Those lights worked really well until my BGA outbreak. I had stargrass, rotala indica, bacopa, red tiger lotus, bananna plant, hygro, various mosses, camboba, etc. Since the outbreak nothing can grow. Except the java and anubias.
 

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His plants listed are:
Rotala Indica
Crytp Walkeri Lutea
Crypt Wendtii
Anubias Nana
and a few others.
He is injecting Co2. Are you going to?
Rotal Indica needs high light. He doesn't list his light.

I have a coralife T5NO over my 29 gallon tank and it barely survived in that tank.
 

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He is injecting Co2. Are you going to?
Rotal Indica needs high light. He doesn't list his light.

I have a coralife T5NO over my 29 gallon tank and it barely survived in that tank.
My rotala indica grew rapidly in the light that came with the aquarium...
Maybe its not rotala indica?
 

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Acually his info is listed. He is running 2x20 normal output and He wasent injecting C02 until he re-arranged his tank. I am actually speaking with him via pm' now and getting more information about the tank.
And no, I am not going to use CO2 on my tank. I use excel when I remember.

I know these plants CAN be grown. I used to have a lot of medium light lovers in my tank and they grew very very well until I had my BGA outbreak.

PS yes the dimensions are LxWxH as per the standard way of listing measurements.
 

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Alright so I went out the other day and picked up two crypts, a water sprite and 3 no names from the cheap thank. It looks like 2 anubias and something else, maybe a sword but I wont know until it gets bigger.

I have been spot dosing excel on the BBA to help get rid of that on my old anubias nana leaves. Im going to do another 80-90% WC this weekend to give er another good boost. :) I will try to do that every week and then slowly reduce the WC from every week to every other week to every month and then I will reduce the amount from 80% slowly down to 50% and leave it there.

We shall see how things go but Im really starting to get interested in the tank again. I guess new plants can do that too you :)
 

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I have been spot dosing excel on the BBA to help get rid of that on my old anubias nana leaves. Im going to do another 80-90% WC this weekend to give er another good boost.
When I had BBA it was because of my nitrates were low. Most say it grows when Co2 is low.

I was just thinking that having the water at the level of the plants would boost the Co2 to the plants and give them a boost. Almost like a dry start then.
 

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I cant do a dry start in my tank. I have driftwood propped up near the top of the tank with plants attached to it so, not an option.
I didn't think you could do a dry start but if the water was at level of plants they would get more Co2. As for the plants on the driftwood couldn't you take them off and have them float until you get the tank balanced?
 

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LOL - my tank might have the opposite effect on you, I hope it doesn't steer you away from tank keeping again! lol
This is a 29g that I recently set up, I put the plants & water in about a week or so ago. The light fixture is a twin bulb T5NO, with 36w total. Since I don't want to deal with Co2, and I like the low/med light plants, I'm pleased with it. I think it's plenty bright enough.
 
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