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post #1 of 28 Old 02-06-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Starting my Blackout....gonna miss my tank for 4 days...

There has been a lot of discussion about blackouts lately. After much reading and much delaying; mine started at 9:00 pm tonight. I have what has been identified as cyanobacteria(probably butchered the spelling). I fist noticed it about 3 weeks ago. It was in my Rotala on, on my driftwood, and on my sand in spots. I vacuumed it up as much as i could and upped my ferts and it got better for a little while, but never has completely cleared up. Although I've vacuumed it several times and it's not as pronounced as before, I believe it is the time for a blackout.

I've also got a toddler at home that is very very active...to say the least..lol. I cannot simply throw a blanket over it(he'll pull it off in about a second) so i've rigged up some garbage bags to block the light. I'll post some pictures of my redneck setup soon; probably on monday.

I fed my fish a hearty meal tonight, then did a large water change (50%), careful to vacuum as much of the bacteria out of my plants and off my driftwood. Then i made my garbage bag setup and the funny thing was that the static electricity helped hold the bags to the tank(i still added some scotch tape to white-trash it up a little more).

I hope i can stay strong for the 3 days...possibly 4...if that would be the best.

@Angel...the pics are definitely coming soon, and i know you'll appreciate the "southern engineering"

I'm a little nervous about the blackout and not seeing my tank, my plants, my fish ;but i think the outcome will speak for itself.

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post #2 of 28 Old 02-06-2010, 09:59 PM
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oh man...when I seen this post I couldn't wait for the 2sec it takes to load wanting to see the pictures of the "southern engineering" and then............. no pictures

I'm crossing my fingers that like for Hawkin or myself or others this will also cut your problem for good now.

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I'm letting the anticipation build....lol...actually i forgot the camera at my wife's office. I'll go get it tomorrow and get some pics up before the super bowl.
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Disastrous....tssss.....man if I can't sleep tonight its gonna be YOUR fault and your's only!

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post #5 of 28 Old 02-07-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Alright Natalie..lol..here are the pictures..let me know what ya'll think...

That's my son's sweet ride behind the tank...his lightning mcqueen powerwheels
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Haha...the pictures kind of make it look like you duct taped the tank to the wall.

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lol...just keeping true to my roots..
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Can I ask why you had to do that?
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post #9 of 28 Old 02-07-2010, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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the blackout?...or the blackout using garbage bags and tape?
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post #10 of 28 Old 02-07-2010, 06:35 PM
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dang that's even BETTER then I thought it would turn out....priceless...absolutely priceless...THANK YOU so much for sharing that I needed a good laugh just now

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