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post #41 of 48 Old 06-10-2013, 07:49 PM
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ok, so assuming that it is brush algae, to get it off the drift wood i would have to remove the DW and clean it with a brush or something i take it. And for the plants just be patient and let the new leaves come in while trimming the ones with algae from time to time?
Yes on the plants. As for the wood, I personally leave this, as it looks more natural. But that's up to you. Getting this algae off wood is very difficult; my couple of attempts with brushes were useless, I have to resort to pulling it off bit by bit. Rarely do I do this now.

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post #42 of 48 Old 06-11-2013, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yes on the plants. As for the wood, I personally leave this, as it looks more natural. But that's up to you. Getting this algae off wood is very difficult; my couple of attempts with brushes were useless, I have to resort to pulling it off bit by bit. Rarely do I do this now.
Thanks, i personally was not worried about removing it from the wood either. More so the plants as they are living organisms that could die if not properly cared for :)

I have new leaves coming in on all my swords and crypts. I think my swords were grown emersed as they have really long stems and fairly short leaves, the new leaves to not seem to look the same.
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post #43 of 48 Old 06-17-2013, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
Just an update....No new algae seems to be growing. Still have lights and ferts set at previous update (8 hrs of 1 t5ho and one dose of excel comp per week after water change). Almost EVERY plant has grown at least one new leaf other than the anubias. Over the next week or so i will be trimming algae covered leaves from the crypts as a new leaf comes in, one for one as to not remove too many leaves from each plant. still waiting for my guy to have his license to sell Water Lettuce, then i will have some floating plants and start rocking both t5s...depending on how everything works after that, CO2 may be the next step in the equation.

on a side note i tore down the 6gal i was having the cyano out break in. I could not removing it naturally even with no fish in it! just kept coming back. Took it down, plan to set it up again in the next week. that will EVENTUALLY be my breeding tank. I will move two Black Phantom Tetras to that tank when its time to breed, and i will put some water lettuce in there too as they like to spread their eggs on floating plant roots.

Thanks again for the help guys. I will try to snap some photo updates when i get some more green in there
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post #44 of 48 Old 06-22-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
algae is still coming back, a lot slower now though. I am down to about 6.5 hrs running time...should i invest in more plants/faster growing plants? The swords seem to be growing the fastest. What do you think?
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algae is still coming back, a lot slower now though. I am down to about 6.5 hrs running time...should i invest in more plants/faster growing plants? The swords seem to be growing the fastest. What do you think?
I didn't read through this entire thread, but from the first posts you have dual T5 HO tubes over a 20g so this is a lot of light, and thus algae will continue to be an issue. If you could use only one of the tubes, and floating plants, you might manage. I see it is not increasing as fast, so progress is being made which is good.

When you mention fertilizer in the previous post, you call it Excel comp, I will assume it is actually Flourish Comprehensive. You might try twice weekly, with this much light.

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post #46 of 48 Old 06-23-2013, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
i have been back to running one light since the bloom started. I am running the ZooMed brand "Flora-sun" which is a 5000k light with "red wave lengths for plant growth"

I just got some Hornwort and am floating it...i REALLY want some water lettuce and waiting on a guy to get some who is out of FL. Today i got Hornwort too and am floating it.

correct about comprehensive...would doubling its dose harm the fish in any way?
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i have been back to running one light since the bloom started. I am running the ZooMed brand "Flora-sun" which is a 5000k light with "red wave lengths for plant growth"

I just got some Hornwort and am floating it...i REALLY want some water lettuce and waiting on a guy to get some who is out of FL. Today i got Hornwort too and am floating it.

correct about comprehensive...would doubling its dose harm the fish in any way?
No, Flourish Comp will not harm fish unless it is overdosed. You can use it once, twice or even three times a week (each at no more than the dosage on the label)--but if the plants can't use this, algae will.

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post #48 of 48 Old 06-25-2013, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
i think its sunlight. i am usually asleep at sun down bc i work over nights. well i slept early yesterday and was awake for sun down. In the summer the sun comes far enough north to hit the east wall of our apt. I get direct sunlight for about an hour when the blinds are left open. My girlfriend likes direct sunlight a lot so leaving the blinds closed all evening is not an option...now i need to find out how to put it some where else in our tiny apt...not good.
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