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Old 10-04-2011, 10:09 AM   #61
 
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Your statement makes me breathe a sad sigh, lol. As much as I would run out and get a new bulb this very second, my mom thinks *again" that my tank will be "just fine". I know my hobbies are a strain on her, poor Mom, but she really does view my fish and plants in a different light than other animals... suppose I'll have to somehow get money for a new light before all my plants die. D: Having a job would make this hobby much easier on her wallet.
I think the light is the major issue here, and would get a new tube before spending money on Flourish Trace. Check out the hardware stores, like Home Depot or Lowe's, and similar, look for the Phillips or Sylvania daylight tubes with a kelvin of 6500K. They will be cheaper, a couple dollars. Just see if they have them in the length to fit your fixture; a T8 preferably, but even a T12 would work. Doesn't matter about watts, the tube length is what you're after. Eventually you could get a Life-Glo which is considerably more expensive, up to you, but the Phillips or Sylvania will be an improvement.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:57 PM   #62
 
What size is your fixture? I have a 36" brand new life-glo.You can pm me if you want
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:37 AM   #63
 
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Hello again everyone!

It's been quite a while since I've had a chance to return to these forums, school's been keeping me so busy with college coming up in less than a year and such. Anyways, I'd like to continue this "journal" of Senegal Sanctuary, as I've run into some problems that I will list in this post. All my fish have (except one troublesome 10 gallon) have continued their good health, though my betta Ifrit has had some recent tail biting. I'm glad to be back and hope to become an active member of this lovely aquarist community again.

On to my troubles, (though I know this is because I haven't gotten a new bulb yet) my plants haven't been very healthy - two of the swords who had no name at Petsmart rotted away and I had to get rid of them, and my Java Ferns died as well. There has been little to no growth in my remaining swords and water sprite, though my anubias have sprouted several new leaves. Every few weeks I've had to cut off dieing leaves on some of my plants. I haven't gotten any new plants.
This next problem has likely developed because of the tank's lack of plants: lots and lots of green algae growth, mostly on the sides of the tank glass. Due to this, I've stopped supplementing the tank with Flourish Comprehensive until I can get a bulb to properly sustain the plants.

Hopefully I'll be uploading pictures soon, though they will probably be disappointing to look at with the major lack of plants compared to the very appealing pictures I had uploaded weeks ago.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:22 AM   #64
 
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The light could also be causeing the algae. I did not notice in your other pics but it looks like you do not have a back ground if thats true I would suggest a plain black back ground you could use a piece of poster board its cheap and it looks good. You should be able to get the 6500 daylight bulb at Lowes or home depot for less than $8.00 which would be alot cheaper than replaceing your plants.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:57 PM   #65
 
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Finally got the new light, went to Home Depot to get it as few people suggested, it's a T12 6500k philips. Now I just need to get this algae under control.

Here are some pictures of the aquarium currently, unfortunately it is a little bit shabby looking as I said before (I also had to take the pictures with a cellphone, so they don't look great either, lol. The first is with the old light, the second with the new light:
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:08 PM   #66
 
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Very nice.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:03 PM   #67
 
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So when I got back home today after school, man it looked like I had an algae explosion in my tank. It was everywhere! I took my handy soft-bristled toothbrush used specifically for algae removal and scrubbed that guck right off the sides of the tank, the root ornament, and leaves of the plants. I've also reduced the length the light is on to 8 hours. I also added Flourish Comprehensive Saturday. Is this how I should be going about fixing this algae problem? Should I consider getting more plants soon to help control the algae, or wait until its gotten under control manually?
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:01 AM   #68
 
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Light is usually the major factor when it comes to algae and is usually the first thing you want to try to adjust. I don't know how long the lights were on perviously but cutting back is a good idea. You can try 8hrs and give it a couple of weeks and see how the algae is doing (growing/spreading or not). If it looks like it is under control then leave the hours there. If not then cut back some more. Also adding flourish is going to help with the whole balancing act. If you just started Saturday. I would continue to dose at least once a week with it. This should help out with everything. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:18 AM   #69
 
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Thanks for the reply! I was also wondering if adding snails would help with this problem. I've never had snails in a tank before though, so I don't know most of the pros and cons of having them.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:47 AM   #70
 
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You could add snails if you like they will not hurt anything and a generally really good at cleaning algae. What kind of algae is it? What does it look like?
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