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Cyanobacteria in the freshwater planted aquarium
Old 03-30-2013, 11:19 AM   #41
 
Just keep it up. Sounds like you are doing the right, as thats what i was instructed to do also.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:42 PM   #42
 
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so i have been doing minimum 20% water changes each day, cut back feeding to once every three days (feed, 2 days off, feed..) And it seems to be coming back more spread out but not as dense...is this progress?
I know water changes can become taxing to your time when they're performed on a daily basis. I've had that frustration myself. I found a battery operated filtered gravel vacuum that could help with the excess organics. I was actually filtering water through a filter pad and into a bucket every other day until I found the gravel vac. The gravel vac will not remove the water, just the junk at the bottom. I imagine you could Google/Bing the device and find the cheapest one. I ordered mine through Dr. Fosters. I'd like to also state the obvious that this shouldn't replace the process of "W/C's" but should help.

As far as the "progress" your asking about above... I'd like to say one of my favorite quotes I've seen on this (or any) website/forum is "Nothing Good happens fast in an Aquarium" ... so keep up the good work
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #43
 
I doubt this alone was the cause, but i may have been feeding the Cyano unintentionally. I was gravel vac-ing today, and i got a little close to my glossostigma, i disturbed it and up rooted it. It was a patch about a quarter in diameter. There were a few stems about maybe about 10 or even upwards of 15 dead leaves that were below the substrate just decaying. Needless to say i removed the Glosso and cleaned it off, separated a few them to spread around the aquarium, and replanted. Hopefully they will do well. Other than that everything has been the same the last few days. Its still coming back but it is over a wider area but less dense. Hope it clears out soon.

on another note, i wish i would have known the benefit of sand over gravel before i got in to this. Oh well. Live and learn. I would like to replace substrate but do not want to recycle.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:57 AM   #44
 
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I doubt this alone was the cause, but i may have been feeding the Cyano unintentionally. I was gravel vac-ing today, and i got a little close to my glossostigma, i disturbed it and up rooted it. It was a patch about a quarter in diameter. There were a few stems about maybe about 10 or even upwards of 15 dead leaves that were below the substrate just decaying. Needless to say i removed the Glosso and cleaned it off, separated a few them to spread around the aquarium, and replanted. Hopefully they will do well. Other than that everything has been the same the last few days. Its still coming back but it is over a wider area but less dense. Hope it clears out soon.

on another note, i wish i would have known the benefit of sand over gravel before i got in to this. Oh well. Live and learn. I would like to replace substrate but do not want to recycle.

With a planted tank IME and IMHO you can tear down an existing tank, replace the substrate, replant the plants and refill the tank with the water you took out all without any parameter spikes except for an initial nitrate spike.

Because the plants consuem ammonia directly preventing the dreaded tank crash.

FWIW I also use peat moss trapped under play sand. The peat moss helps keep kh and gh in line.


Still just my .02
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #45
 
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Yes, with plants you really have no cycling issues. I have over the past two years torn down all of my 7 tanks to replace the substrates (all now have play sand except the one with fine gravel). Keep the hardscape (wood, rock) wet, as in a spare bucket or in the spare tank with the fish, without washing, and this helps too.

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:56 AM   #46
 
Okay so i am still doing water change every day. Feeding one day then two days off. I made this video thursday. Dunno if this can help confirm if it is cyano or not but the spots you see on the substrate are a HUGE improvement from where it was a week and a half ago.

Can you tell, is this Cyano or no? - YouTube

as of tuesday (haven't tested since)

ammonia - 0
nitrite - 0
nitrate - between 10 and 20ppm (hard to tell on color chart)

Tested with API master kit.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:34 PM   #47
 
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Okay so i am still doing water change every day. Feeding one day then two days off. I made this video thursday. Dunno if this can help confirm if it is cyano or not but the spots you see on the substrate are a HUGE improvement from where it was a week and a half ago.

Can you tell, is this Cyano or no? - YouTube

as of tuesday (haven't tested since)

ammonia - 0
nitrite - 0
nitrate - between 10 and 20ppm (hard to tell on color chart)

Tested with API master kit.
It's a bit difficult to see exactly. The floating bit seems to be cyanobacteria. But the green on the substrate might be just algae. There is sufficient light over this tank (with no floating plants, plus the white gravel) to cause algae. Cyano too, if organics are present.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:12 PM   #48
 
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the floating bit looks like cyano to me. wouldn't say your tank is in the middle of a cyano bloom by any means though.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #49
 
thanks for the input guys. i just got back from a 2 day trip with the band. I did a water change before leaving and turned the lights off and left them off the whole time. read from multiple people that this helped...i have gavel vac-ed each day the last week and a half to two weeks and what you saw in the video was just last thursday. its 5am local right now so its dark still, got the flash light out to take a quick peak. it looks better. that is for sure. not gone though. Would more plants help make less algae?
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #50
 
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Would more plants help make less algae?
yup!

but algae will never completely stop from growing. your always going to see it and it will always grow. keeping it off the plants and taking the tank over are the only times I get worried. look into some fast growers.
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