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post #11 of 26 Old 11-11-2011, 03:31 PM
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Agree, that is more than sufficient light. But I didn't mention it previously because I saw floating plants in the new setup and as they spread the light will be less of a problem.

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post #12 of 26 Old 11-11-2011, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
I have a question..I have a HOB filter for up to a 70 gallon tank. When i came home today, all the floating plants somehow created a blockade around where the water comes out of the filter. Resulting in very little water movement. I noticed all the corys and a couple of the other fish just being idle even when i fed them. which isnt normal. Then i moved the plants away from the filter and shortly after that the corys and the other fish were moving around again. any one know whats going on?
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post #13 of 26 Old 11-11-2011, 04:17 PM
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I have a question..I have a HOB filter for up to a 70 gallon tank. When i came home today, all the floating plants somehow created a blockade around where the water comes out of the filter. Resulting in very little water movement. I noticed all the corys and a couple of the other fish just being idle even when i fed them. which isnt normal. Then i moved the plants away from the filter and shortly after that the corys and the other fish were moving around again. any one know whats going on?
I don't know how much actual water current is produced by your filter, or the species of cory. Some corys prefer a slight current, some don't seem to. If the current was so minimal that it affected them, I woould think it must be really blocked. I have had this in my 115g. Some of the corys were respirating faster than normal, and were somewhat inactive; that caused me to look closer into the tank, and I noticed the plants next to the filter return were not moving as usual. I cleaned the canister filter, it really was dirty, and the flow was back to normal and the fish returned to normal.

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post #14 of 26 Old 11-17-2011, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
It was an issue with the flow of water. Once i fixed the flow the fix were all back to normal by the next day.
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post #15 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
Its been a while, Im back with updates and a new problem!

This is how my tank looks now..
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 06:26 PM
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Very nice setup!! I can't wait to finish my 55. What's your stock both fish and plants?

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #17 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
Everything is going alright with my fish but my plants are not doing all that great. Please look at the pics and see if you guys know whats going on.

Some reason the pic uploader wouldnt let me upload anything so i used imgur. here is the link:

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please helP!

oh and also there is a LOT of green dot algae growing on the glass. I have the light on from 3pm to 11pm everyday. Should i cut the lights back even more?

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post #18 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Very nice setup!! I can't wait to finish my 55. What's your stock both fish and plants?
1 pair of neon dwarf rainbow
2 pair of Australia rainbow
2 male guppies, 1 female, 6 babies that have emerged. (im trying to take the guppies out of the tank all together)
6 harlequin tetras
3 sterbai corys
2 otos
5 neon tetras
1 albino bristle nose pleco
2 ghost shrimp
cherry shrimp
1 zebra snail


I honestly do not know the names of all the plants... sorry.
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post #19 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 06:40 PM
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That's too bad about your plants, I hope someone can help you out.

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post #20 of 26 Old 01-03-2012, 07:20 PM
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Bummer about the plants. Hopefully you get it all figured out.
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