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Starting my Blackout....gonna miss my tank for 4 days...
Old 02-08-2010, 12:49 PM   #21
 
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That was me for a long time...then the price just went way up...and was no more smoking for this guy...lol
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #22
 
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Gosh I can only dream, I had the willpower to wake up and go "oh no today I quit"..... I have plenty willpower on anything else in life...but cig.....nop
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:46 PM   #23
 
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Alright: it's hour number 63!!...and i made a liar out of myself, i took a quick peek a few minutes ago. I didn't see any fish, but i did see my tiger lotus STRETCHING UP TOWARD THE SURFACE. I think this confirms what you said about the low light being better for them, and my suspicion that i was "beating it down with light" I'm going to have to break down and buy a timer and really dial down my lights. I like the thought of the nap method 5 hours on 4 hours off. Do you use this method?
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:08 PM   #24
 
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My dwarf Baby tears EXPLODED after the blackout.
As for lights; there's a 3pager I started here that may be interesting to you; I took the time last night (on page 3) and broke down the lumens matter http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...att-55g-36847/

I have used the siesta approach; which I will now stop and use only 30w over the 55g as explained in the thread and see how that works over the next 2-3 weeks for me.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:29 PM   #25
 
Good luck with the algae issue. My only suggestion would have been to cut back on the feeding for a day or two prior to the blackout... but I would have felt bad for the little guys and overfed them myself prior to taping up the tank. :)
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #26
 
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The Blackout is over, and a resounding SUCCESS!!! No signs of cyanobacteria anywhere!! All my fishes are alive and accounted for. All my plants look spectacular. Some even managed to have grown during the prolonged darkness. I kept it completely blacked out for a total of 72 hours. Then removed my garbage bags...lol..it was about 9p.m., and i left the lights off for another 15 hours till about noon. When i turned on the lights, i did a 50% water change. I don't know why i was worried. Also i noticed that in addition to the cyanobacteria being completely vanished, also some other algae was greatly reduced. Also i will have some pictures coming in the next 24 hours to post in the pictures and video forums. I feel the need to show-off my tank a little..lol..is that conceited?
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:41 PM   #27
 
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I think from now on, i'm going to do a 24-36 hour blackout at least once every two weeks...just to experiment. Aslo on a side note, i'm leaving my co2 off for the next month to see how things go. I know you'll like that Natalie. . I'm doing it because i noticed a lot of oxygen bubbles on my plants, and i don't see that when i've been running the co2 for a few days
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:21 AM   #28
 
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Glad to hear its gone!
Keeping up a good water & filter maintenance now alongside a good feeding schedule will help prevent it from coming back. And yes the CO2 can influence certain algae types greatly; while some thrive for lack of CO2 others thrive during access co2 available.
Like I said on this forum a time or two: Its all about the BALANCE within all factors of the tank world
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