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Starting my Blackout....gonna miss my tank for 4 days...

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Starting my Blackout....gonna miss my tank for 4 days...
Old 02-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #11
 
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I'm glad you enjoyed the pics
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:00 PM   #12
 
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Absolutely!
Now I'm gonna cross my fingers for you and hope that after a few days you'll post the same success story then Hawkin or myself or anyone else too that would be very awesome then.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:17 PM   #13
 
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I hope so too. I had a lot/ most of the visible cyanbacteria vacuumed up. Mine was not nearly so pronounced as the one in the post we both commented on earlier. I think I'm going to do 3.5 days of total blackout. Then i can turn it on for a full day of light.

I saw you say on the other post that low nitrate can be a causing factor in the growth. My nitrates stay between 5-10 ppm, is that too low?

Also: could too much CO2 be a factor in the growth, even when dosing twice weekly with comprehesive supplement?

I do add co2 from my diy system during the day...at night i turn it off, it's off now for the blackout
I have 1.6 WPG from my 65k and 10k T5's.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:28 PM   #14
 
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Here's a pretty poor shot of mine when it had first started last year (when I set the tank up) from there it went to this blueish-greenish goop that coated the whole gravel over the plants/ leaf's.....it was NSATY to say the least.
At the "nasty" point I then did a large w/c with a good gravel vac blocked it out for a few days compleatly, afterwards when i "lifted the curtains" the blueish-greenish goop had turned into what I could only describe as dust bunnies, I again did a large w/c with a hardcore gravel vac and its been gone for good since then.

Have to add, after that I ran my lights 5hrs on 4 off 5 on for a few weeks before I change that then to the full 10hrs/ day (because I had also had 4 other algae types going not just that lol)

IMO the nitrates you have there are fine, that's what I got in some the other tanks and they're doing just great.

I have pers not experienced that too HIGH CO2 can support its growth not had I found any article during my research that would suggest that; no or extremely low CO2 has a impact on certain algae yes.

Personally I find the light a little high in wattage, but if that's what works for you (as well as others) that's great. Its just simple: The more light the more nutrition and the more CO2 is needed - Less light less nutrition less CO2...So personally I find it easier to balance a tank with lower lights (well and the act I house Tetra's and other fish right now that pref dim tanks anyway so...)
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:36 PM   #15
 
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Thanks Angel..i know with enough patience i'll find the perfect balance for my tank. As always you've been supportive and helpful.
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:54 PM   #16
 
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You're welcome; keep me posted how this is going now
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:29 AM   #17
 
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Well, my tank has been in total darkness for about 38 hours now, and i am having some major withdrawals...lol. It's snowing here, coming down pretty good. They're saying we're going to get 4-8 inches. But all the weather talk aside, i'm ready to see my tank again, alas, i'll have to settle for looking at pictures for a few more days.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:38 AM   #18
 
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Just hang in there; its hard but hang in there I think Hawkin had the same problem and sneak peaked after day 2 or so to check on things real quick (just through the curtain not turning lights on)
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:41 AM   #19
 
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I couldn't just peek real quick...lol...it's gotta be "cold turkey" with me, like when i quit smoking; will be a year at the end of the month.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:46 AM   #20
 
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hey congrats on the smoking; that's awesome!!! (Me being smoker myself and not even remotely close to quitting unfortunately)
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