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post #31 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 09:32 AM
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I agree with everything Byron has said. He hasn't steered me wrong yet. :) On the fish topic however I just want to add that I have a whole bunch of little Otto's and I love them. They are so cute and fun to watch. They are also very busy little algae eaters and though they likely do not eat all kinds, they do keep my glass squeaky clean. I also do see them eating algae off my plants often. If they are not a fish you appreciate, don't get them for algae removal though.
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post #32 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 11:20 AM
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When I was in Vancouver yesterday I had a couple hours so I visited the Library and browsed through some back issues of TFH, from the latter half of 2007 I believe it was. I came across a 2-part article on algaee by Laura Muha who authored a monthly column for a couple of years that was entitled "The Skeptical Fishkeeper." She wrote on scientific/technical issues, like the effects of pH, temperature, tank sizes on fish growth, water changes--and algae.

She had been having a real problem with algae, and after setting out all the issues that can contribute to algae--high ammonia/nitrates, organics, light--she came to her own observations on how to control algae. Regular partial water changes (weekly, 40-50%) and reducing the light intensity; applying these after a thorough cleaning of the existing algae prevented its return.

In one of the same issues there was a guest column by Tom Barr, a trained botanist. Most here will recognize his name. He wrote that one of the worst problems in a planted tanks is what he calls HLD. High Light Disease.

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post #33 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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If I find out I really have to change 50% (27 gal) of water a week to keep away my algae I'll just learn to live with it!
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post #34 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 02:12 PM
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If I find out I really have to change 50% (27 gal) of water a week to keep away my algae I'll just learn to live with it!
I change 50-60% weekly and it does not prevent algae, and Laura found the same. It is only one factor and as in everything with an aquarium, it needs to be balanced with the others.

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How many gallons a week is that? That's dedication
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post #36 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 03:03 PM
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How many gallons a week is that? That's dedication
In total, with 7 tanks, probably around 185 gallons. Obviously not with buckets; I have a Python. Every Wednesday, it takes 2-3 hours max, varies depending upon how much plant trimming or re-arranging I do. It's just a necessary part of keeping fish to me; if I couldn't do this, I would never have fish.

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post #37 of 37 Old 05-28-2011, 03:06 PM
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Seems close to 120 gallons with all his tanks. Luckily he has a python.

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