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Old 05-26-2013, 04:01 PM   #11
 
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If/when i add more plants, would it be okay to start increasing light hours then or is it more about the intensity than the duration for plant growth?
Not likely, though possibly. If the light intensity is too great, it will still cause trouble. Now, the more plants, the more they take up nutrients and this does inhibit algae. But there is a limit to this.

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Flourish...excel? comprehensive? ...
Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium, to give it the full name. Do not use Excel.

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I use NutraFin Cycle and AquaPlus every water change. Are you suggesting using something other than those at the time of water change to help damper the harm ammonia can cause to fish?
I would change both. Tetra Aqua+ does not deal with ammonia. Nutrafin Cycle does not either, in fact it may increase it. Cycle is OK in new tanks to help "seed" the tank, though there are better and more reliable and faster products for this. But used regularly, there is no advantage. I know the product says to use it frequently, but they are trying to sell it.

You want a conditioner that handles ammonia, and there are several. Some also handle nitrite, and one (Prime) also handles nitrate. However, your nitrate is not high enough to warrant this, and I don't like using Prime except in new tanks since it does more than is necessary and the less "stuff" we mess with in an aquarium, the better.

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Old 05-26-2013, 05:45 PM   #12
 
Thanks Byron. You an invaluable resource!
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:45 PM   #13
 
You **ARE** an invaluable resource. derp!

Just dosed my first dose of Flourish Comp. Any idea of first possible signs that its doing what it should? Im going to try to keep a daily log photographically as well to help me judge. Wish me luck! (also reduced lights running time by 1 hour. now running from 8am to 4 pm)
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #14
 
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You **ARE** an invaluable resource. derp!

Just dosed my first dose of Flourish Comp. Any idea of first possible signs that its doing what it should? Im going to try to keep a daily log photographically as well to help me judge. Wish me luck! (also reduced lights running time by 1 hour. now running from 8am to 4 pm)
You won't see a difference in a day. I usually go by week to week. I fertilize one week, then the next, then the next. If plants are doing well, I stay with it; if not I change something, depending. Things are different in every tank, even among my 7 I see differences and have to adjust accordingly.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:48 PM   #15
 
check. keep you posted. thanks again.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:59 PM   #16
 
Reducing light exposure and nutrients should help. However, remember that once you had a bloom, you may experience this again in the future. Spring time is usually "the" time for algae to make their apparition. Nothing out of the unusual in nature's clock.

Note that algae have a superior capacity to absorb nutrients than plants do, especially in a low biologically active ecosystem (such as your aquarium). If you look at your filters and see on it the same color as the one on your plant, it might be a sign that your aquarium is poor in nitrifying and phosphate eating bacteria.

Last but not least, your plants have a higher absorption ability if the nutrients are broken down to the closest to their molecular structure. In other terms, bacteria will metabolize and mineralize any organic matter they come in contact with, thus releasing nutrients your plants and fish need. So fertilizers are ok, but in a poor active aquarium, they might favor algae growth.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:30 AM   #17
 
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In the meantime, can u share a pic of how large a bloom this is and ur tanks positioning in the room?
I will get a pic of the tank for you tomorrow. The placement in the room is not an issue as its on the east wall and bc of the other apartment buildings behind ours, there is no possible way for it to get direct sunlight.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #18
 
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wow that pic came out a lot darker than it looked on my phone haha. The tank is on the left, records in the middle, glass door behind the couch.

here is the tank location in the living room. Sliding glass door/window faces SW. As I said previously, there is another building directly out that glass door, blocking any direct light during sun sets.

Will update in a little bit with a pic of the tank and the algae. Its already been cleaned from the glass but is still on the plants. Just waiting for the lights to come on.



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None of the leaves are dead, the brown leaves have algae on them. Also i noticed some of the same brownish algae in the filter also. "it might be a sign that your aquarium is poor in nitrifying and phosphate eating bacteria." What do you mean by that? The beneficial bacteria may not be up to par?

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:34 AM   #19
 
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You just need to get some floating plants. And the light duration I mentioned earlier.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #20
 
okay. Light duration has already been dropped some. I have a guy that sells Water Lettuce, but he is outta state and waiting on his license to distribute it to be approved. How much of the water surface should be covered by plants? as much as possible?
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