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post #11 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to take your advice and try out the flourish and turn down the lights. I just uploaded some pictures on my aquarium tab. If you have any more advice i'd love to hear it. Thanks
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 09:36 AM
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I just looked over your pictures but figured its better too add the algae comments here for your convince...

I also see Staghorn algae developing a little on the last picture posted. That often occurs in areas first where there's little to no flow from your filter - Any chance you can adjust your filter outlet to circulate the whole tank more?
Also this very algae type is often seen in overfed tank and or clogged filters. So the question would be how much do you feed? Do you have any feed breaks (like only feed every 2nd day)? When you do your water exchange and have 'dirty' tank water in the buckets rinse out your filter pads in there every once in a while, not to get them sparkling clean, but to get the big 'chucks' dirt off, know what I mean?
When you do w/c do you just take water out of your tank or do you use a gravel vacuum?

Sorry my 'help' involves so many questions, I would just like to give you all info I can on the algae matter based of YOUR very tanks rather then a standard blah blah

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post #13 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 11:42 AM
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Those plants will grow and fill in nicely, it takes a couple months in my experience for a newly planted tank to settle and really start growing.

You have CO2 diffusion plus the fish, you do not need Excel. You will need a lioquid fertilizer to balance the light and CO2, as minerals will be lacking otherwise and plants will only grow up to the nuytrient that is no longer available to them, what we call the limiting factor. In your case it will be minerals, so a good complete/comprehensive lioquid fert added once or perhaps twice a week will provide these. And I would limit the light to 10 hours. It always takes a couple weeks for any changes to lighting, ferts, etc. to be reflected in plant growth, so be observant; it is a bit experimental at first, since not all aquaria are the same and there are many factors involved.


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