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post #11 of 20 Old 05-27-2012, 07:39 PM
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It's pond season. Even our Rona is selling surface plants.
Should be able to find something, unless you are set on Amazon frogbit.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-27-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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ill take anything pretty much. :P
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post #13 of 20 Old 05-28-2012, 11:59 AM
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In your tank photos I see Wisteria. That will soon be at the surface. You can then either pull it up and cut off the lower portion and replant the top, which is how most handle this fast growing plant. Or you can let it continue along the surface. This usually results in no leaves lower down.

Cabomba does well floating. The best is Water Sprite, it has the deeper root structure that gourami find ideal, since it occurs in their native habitats. Duckweed is fine as a floater for shade, but it does not have the depth that you are looking for here.

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Didn't get the sparkling gouramis yet but i prepared my tank for them, I came accross the last water sprite in the pet store nearby and all i have left to do is get a sponge for the filter because the current is pretty strong.

Also, I have soem hair algae, After I put in the water sprite there was a bit less so im assuming the algae is from excess nutrients i need more plants to absorb them.

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I love it!
Is that moss on the driftwood? Or algae? If it's algae that's the coolest looking algae I've ever seen!
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thank you :D

yes i believe its algae it only grows on the top part of the tank on driftwood, i have a red/purple spectrum t5HO
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post #17 of 20 Old 06-08-2012, 05:32 PM
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Yes, that's algae, very nasty if it gets on the plants. Watch the light period.

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Yea, it looks pretty on the driftwood, but good luck getting it off the plants. It has a death grasp on plants.

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post #19 of 20 Old 06-09-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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i heard putting a blanket on the tank for 4 days and no light will kill most algae. is this true? will it harm my plants?
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i heard putting a blanket on the tank for 4 days and no light will kill most algae. is this true? will it harm my plants?
That is the extreme measure that may or may not work, depending upon the algae. And some plants will be set back, perhaps killed, depending upon species. And last, without solving the cause, the algae will continue as soon as light is restored.

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