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I need advice/help. I'm frustrated and want to quit.
Old 04-27-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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Others have mentioned more than I would start out with... but then again I haven't seen algae yet and my tank is pretty much as low tech as it gets.

You need to know the hardness of the tap water so you can figure out how much you want to cut in or of you can use it straight up. The fish that you listed are not needing terribly soft water so you might find that just treating the water and using it might work just fine... it would certainly be easier and cheaper. If so, you can just start using it for water changes... add prime to treat the tank volume, about a cap and a half or so, and fill from the tap.

You already cut the light, harder water will help the plants, if you drop all CO2 and let this become a low tech tank for a while the changes will be easier to manage. This can avoid doing anything with the ferts except adding a comprehensive trace type which will help.

Eventually the algae will subside and some, as mentioned, you may have to remove.

Good luck with whatever things you do try.

Oh, and post some pictures, it helps get a handle on some things that might not be really apparent in a description.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:03 PM   #12
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OP's shrimps are gh/kh/ph fussy >.< if they're in the same tank...
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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Shrimps need some hardness too... although I don't know what some of those are, I sort of missed them in the read. Wouldn't RO water reduce their exoskeleton to mush eventually?

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:27 PM   #14
 
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is your CO2 levels constant? fluctuating levels usually promotes algae growth rather than deter it. A local hobbyist had a fine collection of algae in his tank until he managed to get the CO2 under control. then the algae simply died off naturally.
My CO2 level is always constant. I haven't messed with it since I set it up. I did change it once from a regular glass diffuser to a reactor which I built. That was the only change.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #15
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Eh, I can't find the RO information but I'm assuming that the the OP is using RO to mix their own water. RO by itself is pretty unhealthy >.<
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:34 PM   #16
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Eh, I can't find the RO information but I'm assuming that the the OP is using RO to mix their own water. RO by itself is pretty unhealthy >.<
"I do 20 - 25% water changes every Friday religiously and I use RO water because my tap water has 2ppm chloramine."

It's tucked in the OP.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #17
 
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stronger macros and seachems equilibrium >.> I always read about RO high tech Co2 people going this route maybe look up Tom Barr?
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:38 PM   #18
 
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What is the GH of your tap water? You can ascertain this from the municipal water sujpply, we just need to know the number. This is as someone suggested a major factor in the balance of nutrients/light. The "hard" minerals which are macro-nutrients are not sufficient in preparations to compensate if they are not in the source water.

Chloramine is easily handled with planted tanks, by using a conditioner at each water change that detoxifies it and then the system takes over.

Something else I spotted, stop using the Excel, on top of diffused CO2 this is going to affect things. I know Excel sometimes kills brush algae...but not always as Seachem themselves say, and given its toxic nature I would not use it. One less chemical going into the soup.

Can you post a photo of the entire tank? Photos tell us a lot.

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The GH here in Linda vista San Diego is 263ppm according to the municipal water supply report. Is that pretty high or normal?

Byron, I will take your advice and stop using the excel. I was told to use excel with a syringe and put it right on the BBA. should I try this method?
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #19
 
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you should pick one route/plan of action and stick to it and see it through. don't expect results within a week or two its going to take some time and a lot of it if your tank is covered. first get everything planned out that your going to change pick a method and go with it.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:48 PM   #20
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The GH here in Linda vista San Diego is 263ppm according to the municipal water supply report. Is that pretty high or normal?

Byron, I will take your advice and stop using the excel. I was told to use excel with a syringe and put it right on the BBA. should I try this method?
That's almost 15dGH which is hard. I expect that you will probably want to cut it half and half with RO or whatever ratio gives you the hardness that you end up needing. A lot of city water supplies are softer than that.

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