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Old 05-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #11
 
Here's the crypt
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:58 PM   #12
 
Cyrpt close up. The normal color is brown and light green. Now the light green is going to yellow. I have 2 -10watt CFLs running 10 hours.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:02 PM   #13
 
This is my dwarf sword. Basically it's just existing. Doesn't grow at all,so may be sucking up oxygen? However the little plantlet stem is dying now. has gotten worse over last week. Was thinking maybe I should take it out.

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
 
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Crypts will almost always react to any change, so that is not surprising. I went back to the beginning here, and you have changed quite a lot. I think a third Flourish Comp dose might be advisable, this to be eliminated later. I was dosing Comp three times a week for several weeks, but cut back to twice when I started seeing algae issues. I then went to once, with Trace being added once.

I would also use a substrate tab for the sword. Might not hurt for the crypt too, since they were getting more. The Flourish Tabs last 3 months, and one next to the sword (one for each of these), and one in between two crypts or whatever might be good.

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:11 PM   #15
 
Ok. I'll dose Flourish Comp 3X weekly and drop the trace for now. Will also get root tabs. Just to remind you. I already have some algae issues. A little bit of black beard algae on the cyrpt/ anubias. Some green spot algae on the glass and a lot on my floating Pennywort. But I just weeded out all the Pennywort that had green spot. Some leaves were completely covered. Lastly a good amount of brown diatoms. Hate the stuff! With that being said should I go ahead with the above? If so how do I know when to cut the flourish comp?

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Old 05-31-2013, 09:36 AM   #16
 
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Ok. I'll dose Flourish Comp 3X weekly and drop the trace for now. Will also get root tabs. Just to remind you. I already have some algae issues. A little bit of black beard algae on the cyrpt/ anubias. Some green spot algae on the glass and a lot on my floating Pennywort. But I just weeded out all the Pennywort that had green spot. Some leaves were completely covered. Lastly a good amount of brown diatoms. Hate the stuff! With that being said should I go ahead with the above? If so how do I know when to cut the flourish comp?

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Yes, increase the Comp and add the tabs. The trick here is establishing a new balance, and this will take a few weeks. Go slow in reducing. I probably should have gone into this more initially. Smaller changes over time are always better and less likely to detrimentally affect plants.

After 3 weeks or so of the new schedule, if the plants are still doing OK, the Comp can be reduced to twice weekly.

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:17 AM   #17
 
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Yes, increase the Comp and add the tabs. The trick here is establishing a new balance, and this will take a few weeks. Go slow in reducing. I probably should have gone into this more initially. Smaller changes over time are always better and less likely to detrimentally affect plants.

After 3 weeks or so of the new schedule, if the plants are still doing OK, the Comp can be reduced to twice weekly.

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OK, I got the root tabs last night and will plant. Funny thing I bought Eco-complete thinking it would solve all this for me. Based on my reading and info here now I know different. One good thing about it though it made it easier to plant the plants. Thanks for all the help, so much to learn and understand!

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #18
 
Hello, so I got the Flourish tabs last week and from the next day noticed a big improvement. The crypt literally lifted as well as the sword and even the Wisteria picked up a little. I also increased the flourish comp to 3x's per week. This week I have a big increase in the brown fuzzy algae underneath my floating plants. It's pretty thick and it builded up rather quickly as my water change was just Sunday, 5 days ago. Seems like the root tabs took care of the plants. I don't want to be premature, but was thinking to cut back the Flourish to twice per week. what do you suggest? Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:06 AM   #19
 
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Hello, so I got the Flourish tabs last week and from the next day noticed a big improvement. The crypt literally lifted as well as the sword and even the Wisteria picked up a little. I also increased the flourish comp to 3x's per week. This week I have a big increase in the brown fuzzy algae underneath my floating plants. It's pretty thick and it builded up rather quickly as my water change was just Sunday, 5 days ago. Seems like the root tabs took care of the plants. I don't want to be premature, but was thinking to cut back the Flourish to twice per week. what do you suggest? Thanks.
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Go ahead (Flourish Comp down to twice). You have the tabs which will add nutrients for the substrate plants.

Wouldn't worry about the brown fuzzy whatever, I see this too now and then. Had it bad in 2 tanks for several weeks about a year or so ago, then it disappeared. Cyano was around at the same time, same tanks, interestingly.
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Go ahead (Flourish Comp down to twice). You have the tabs which will add nutrients for the substrate plants.

Wouldn't worry about the brown fuzzy whatever, I see this too now and then. Had it bad in 2 tanks for several weeks about a year or so ago, then it disappeared. Cyano was around at the same time, same tanks, interestingly.
I cut back to two flourish doses. Since the last water change four days ago fuzz algae not as bad, but green spot is starting to smother some of the floating Pennywort. In addition I have a new development, now there is a blueish green slime on the surface of the water in a small area of the tank. Wow, I'm really sick of all this. I researched a little and could be blue/ green algae? What should I do about that? Should I go down to one dose of Flourish? Treatments includes antibiotics which I definitely don't want to do! I just treated the tank with Kanaplex for the fin rot and busted my cycle! I checked the ammonia and nitrates on Sunday. The ammonia was .25 and 0 nitrates! I did my water change and added Tetra Safestart (TSS) and the tank cycled in two days. In addition I'm suppose to wait two weeks before I do a water change with TSS.
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