The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello,

I wanted to ask for advice from those who know more. I bought this lamp a while ago and can't find it's specs.

I've removed one of the two lights of the same model to see if a reduction in light would bring about less algae. At this point, I'm quite unsure whether my issue is too much light or, on the contrary, not enough.

If anyone has some advice on how to make the scape better, I'll happily take it.
I'll outline that I don't like the my javas in this tank, to much brown rooting out of leaves.

Specs:
nitrates > 5ppm
nitrites = 0ppm
ammonia >0 pmm but <0.25 ppm (been working on solving it)
PH > 6.4 and < 6.6.
I do add CO2, at about one bubble every 3 seconds.

Water Liquid Automotive lighting Fluid Rectangle
Water Plant Pet supply Terrestrial plant Aquatic plant



Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Questions with answers:

What kind of light is it? It's a LED light. I'm trying to figure out it's specs but I can't find it on the internet and the original box was plain carton. Power compact?

Does that mean there was a separate unit, or are there two bulbs in this light and you took one out? I had two units over the tank and only left one there.

I’ve got so many questions after looking at these pics- How old is your setup? About one month and a half. I see brown algae in there and other filamentous algae as well…BBA on your Anubias…all signs that your plants are struggling. If you are using aquasoil then you will have ammonia present especially in the early stages. But regardless, focus more on what it take to grow healthy plants. A lot of the plants we have in this hobby are low light plants anyway. I would trim back all the leaves that are affected by the algae and do some serious tank cleaning and water changes. So a heavy trim on the plants? I've already done one a 2 weeks ago but I guess I'll go again.

Do you know how much co2 you are getting into the water column? Not exactly sure.
Are you using a pressurized system? Yes.
How are you adding additional nutrients? Yes. Thrive S. About two-three times a week, recommended amount depending on the state of my nitrates. What is your filter? Internal Filter with about 260L/h (69 gallons per hour)
What size tank is this? 10gallon? Should be about 7 gallons.

Can you take your driftwood out and scrub all the algae off it as well? Can't take it out without unrooting the whole of my plants.

Other points:

Recommendation: Move the Anubias and Java to a place with less light - I thought the java's were fine since they have been breeding far too often for my comfort. Noted on the Anubias.
Recommendation:
Reduce Light - Hard to do as I have already removed one light and the light is not modulable.

I just want to be sure, is your recommendation that I rescape the tank from scratch and use the occasion to clean out "doomed" growth from the plants?


Thanks

Shao
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Looks like a Finnex fugeray clone of some type. Only one I know of with that offset gooseneck.

Are they any other than white diodes in it? No other diodes but some white ones and these weird yellow ones.
DON'T look directly at it btw.. Now, I know why. :'D
Not really, this is what the underside looks like:
Rectangle Gas Cabinetry Machine Shelving


In essence, I just don't know what the wattage, lux, lumens, par on this is. Is it the right temperature? Not too sure :/

Not really, this is what the underside looks like:
Rectangle Gas Cabinetry Machine Shelving


In essence, I just don't know what the wattage, lux, lumens, par on this is. Is it the right temperature? Not too sure :/
It kind of looks like the nicrew screw on but maybe an older version:

Link below:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Thank you all for your help, I'm going to re-scape the tank based on the lighting levels needed for each plant and the light I currently have.

I don't know if you have some tips on this but:

  • should I dip the wood in hydrogen peroxide or should I just tooth brush it?
  • how do I remove the algae from my MC carpet?

Best,
- shao

Edit: I'm not going to do a full clean of the tank because I do not have a place for the livestock in the meantime. I will just clean the plants, re-arrange the hardscape, remove visible algae and place the plants.

Plant Water Plant community Vertebrate Botany

Post chain saw massacre update.
The Monte Carlo and Java ferns were too far gone to be saved. I’ve moved the plants that require medium to high light in the most exposed areas and hidden away the anubias, Amazon swords and other plants.
Removed the hair grass from the smaller tank and moved it here.
Removed some of the rosanervig and moved it here.

increased co2 to one bubble every 2.5 secs and drop checker is steadily in the green.
Temporarily leaving the light as is, while I watch how the tank adapts from the removal of one light and the use of the aquarium cover (glass but should reduce overall light due to condensation). If it looks like it’s too much, I’ll partially cover it with some mesh.

I will just need to figure out how to accurately dose my fertilizers now.

While I feel like crying when seeing the massacre, I’m sure it’s for the best.
Thank you all for your help.
-shao
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Hello,

I wanted to provide a small update and say thank you for your help on resolving some of my issues in the tank (algae and light in particular). Still fighting off the BBA but it has turned for the better.

I switched to a Hitauing led light (https://www.amazon.com/HiTauing-Aqu...led+aquarium+light&qid=1639353000&sr=8-5&th=1) and am running it at 70%.

My CO2 is now on a solenoid and sits between 20 and 40ppm.

Here is a picture pre-maintenance today:
Plant Water Green Pet supply Organism


and here is a picture post maintenance:

Water Plant Pet supply Organism Grass


Again, thank you for the advice

-shao
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top