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.
All comments are welcome