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Old 02-22-2011, 08:54 PM   #11
 
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If that's not duckweed maybe it's frogbit??
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #12
 
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i think the wisteria looks good floated, i kept some in my 29 and tried to anchor it underneath where the aquaclear filter dumped the water back into the tank. I didn't leave it there for more than a month or so, so im not sure for long term results.

on a side note: what part of arkansas are you from?, you may have better options for plants than petco or petsmart.
That's where I put this batch, under the filter. I moved it to the right side (where the anacharis was) though as I wasn't sure how it would handle being agitated by the water. I live in Fort Smith, there are several pet stores around here that stock aquatic plants, the catch is that they all pretty much order from the same distributor (some place in Oklahoma). There's a newer place in Van Buren that stocks with more variety (it's where I picked up the anubias) but I don't make it out there as often since it's about a 15-20min drive. Petco is just down the road a bit and they tend to have a decent enough stock of the more common plant varieties, I usually go there as a last resort as I prefer to support the local fish store(s).


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If that's not duckweed maybe it's frogbit??
It seems a bit small against the frogbit I've seen, but that's only been in videos. It's also seems to have a sort of a soft felt layer to it. I remember seeing a picture that looked really similar before but I can't for the life of me remember where.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #13
 
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UPDATE: Water Parameters



Tested the water this morning, and there's that damn nitrate again. Ammonia was .25ppm, nitrite +5ppm, and nitrate still in the 10-20ppm range. Thinking that there might be something coming from the tap I tested my water straight from the tap, 0 nitrate.

EDIT: I wanted to note that the only additives in the tank are Seachem Prime (after water changes) and Seachem Flourish Excel (a cap full every other day).

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:28 PM   #14
 
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UPDATE: Brown Algae



I noticed that there appears to be some brown algae growing in the tank. Most noticeably on the front rock, and on the back glass of the aquarium. A quick search returned the common causes of brown algae to be:
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  • Excess silicates & nitrates
  • Inadequate light
  • Low oxygen levels
The first one rings true and could be explained by the sudden nitrate readings I've been having. I doubt that the lighting is inadequate, while 1.66 watts per gallon isn't very high I don't think it's "inadequate". I currently have the lights running for 10 hours on a timer, and the tank also receives a small amount of very indirect sunlight from a sliding door (with blinds) on the other side of the room. I'm not really sure on the last one...I would think oxygen levels would be ok, I mean there's already a good deal of plants in the aquarium.

How should I handle this? Should I break out the algae brush and go to town, or should I leave it and let it grow up for the otos I plan to add?
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:57 AM   #15
 
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I would clean it off the glass for sure, and probably the rocks too, Unless you like the way it looks. Some like the natural look it brings to rocks. I personally wanted the stuff out of mt tank asap.
I just cleaned the glass with my magnet, removed the rocks and cleaned them with a brush and tank water. Brown algae is pretty easy.
Don't forget the water changes after the cleaning.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:36 AM   #16
 
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UPDATE: Water Change

Went ahead and did a 50% water change today, I'll test the water tomorrow once everything has settled. I'll leave the algae for now, I'll probably take the algae on the glass of tomorrow when I do a 10-15% water change.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:09 PM   #17
 
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UPDATE: Spray Paint, Moss, and a Big Rock



Not much to update with... The readings today showed ammonia at .25ppm (it looked very close to 0), nitrite at 2ppm, and nitrate at 5ppm. I spray painted the intake tube for my filter a few days ago, I've been letting it sit. I used Krylon Fusion as I've read it's aquarium safe since it's rendered inert once it dries. It really helps hide the filter intake with the black background. The java moss has really taken off with the new lights and the Flourish Excel, I may trim it down a little soon. I'm sure it's taken hold by now so whenever I get time I'll remove the fishing lines holding it down.




I've also setup a small 5.5 gallon tank, our second. The first is our hospital/quarantine tank. I plan on using this one to breed ramshorn snails eventually as we plan to keep two figure eight puffers in our 27 gallon hex that's also cycling. I just set it up last night so the water is still pretty cloudy from the sand, I should've done the upside down bottle trick to put it in.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:25 PM   #18
 
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UPDATE: Culprit Identified

Turns on the floating hitchhiker is actually a juvenile water lettuce, looks like it's used in ponds... Meh I'll leave it in there and see what happens, the filter will probably eat it though.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:40 AM   #19
 
The tanks look amazing. i love the 5.5g with the rock :D


Can you pick rocks up from the ground at rivers? And driftwood? I wondered about it, but i go the safe way and buy it. but, how do you make sure its safe?
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:48 PM   #20
 
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Can you pick rocks up from the ground at rivers? And driftwood? I wondered about it, but i go the safe way and buy it. but, how do you make sure its safe?
I guess I just kinda rolled the dice. The temperature was well below freezing for several days so hopefully that helped some, and we thoroughly rinsed them off with once we got home with hot tap water. I do water tests almost daily and haven't noticed anything funky with the water chemistry, guessing I'm alright.
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