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Hair algae affecting my tank in lots of ways
Old 09-28-2012, 12:25 PM   #21
 
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Hi Byron,

I'm confused about the Flourish Comp dose. You're advising me to dose 1 teaspoon 2x/week. But you say your dose is 1/2 teaspoon per 30 gallons. I have a 10 gallon tank and I've been dosing 1/4 teaspoon 2x/week.
Sorry, my mistake. Somehow i was thinking this was a 55g tank we were talking about. With the 10g, which I have one of, I add 1/2 teaspoon twice a week. This tank has had fish, shrimp and snails, and none have been bothered by this, so it is not overdosing. And i have two 10w 6500K CFL bulbs on for 8 hours, just to put all in perspective.

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GH is 5 dGH.
This will be fine for most plants. But I think may be insufficient for Wisteria. I mentioned previously that I have no luck with this plant, and I had initially thought due to light but after some other issues I am now thinking it is the low GH. I dose Equilibrium to raise the GH to around 5 dGH as i have basically zero out of the tap.

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The lights: at no time are the lights on uncovered at full power. I tried a thin, white trash bag on the glass top, but that didn't seem bight enough. Today I swapped that for white shopping bags, which are even thinner, and I'm testing that setup.
I mentioned above that i have two 10w CFL bulbs over my 10g, and it is more than adequate. If memory serves me, you have T5 fluorescent. Over a 10g that is in my view always going to be too much intensity.
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Sorry, my mistake. Somehow i was thinking this was a 55g tank we were talking about. With the 10g, which I have one of, I add 1/2 teaspoon twice a week. This tank has had fish, shrimp and snails, and none have been bothered by this, so it is not overdosing. And i have two 10w 6500K CFL bulbs on for 8 hours, just to put all in perspective.



This will be fine for most plants. But I think may be insufficient for Wisteria. I mentioned previously that I have no luck with this plant, and I had initially thought due to light but after some other issues I am now thinking it is the low GH. I dose Equilibrium to raise the GH to around 5 dGH as i have basically zero out of the tap.



I mentioned above that i have two 10w CFL bulbs over my 10g, and it is more than adequate. If memory serves me, you have T5 fluorescent. Over a 10g that is in my view always going to be too much intensity.
Byron,

Thanks for the help. I am dosing 1/2 teaspon x2/week. I have 2 13w CFLs on my 10g. They are too strong and Ive been trying out some different ways to make them less brilliant, i.e., less light going through to the tank. I'd like to hold off raising the GH above 5 dGH for now, but I will keep it keep it on the back burner for now. Thanks again,

Steven
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #23
 
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Byron,

Thanks for the help. I am dosing 1/2 teaspon x2/week. I have 2 13w CFLs on my 10g. They are too strong and Ive been trying out some different ways to make them less brilliant, i.e., less light going through to the tank. I'd like to hold off raising the GH above 5 dGH for now, but I will keep it keep it on the back burner for now. Thanks again,

Steven
I would remove Wisteria from a 10g, i think this plant needs more space. Then the other plants should be fine. I also have thick floating plants. Currently I've removed these from the 10g, as I have my Farlowella fry in there to grow out, and they need algae. I don't see much though.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:51 AM   #24
 
Byron,

I agree with you that the Wisteria will probably get too big for my 10g.

Congrats on your Farlowella fry. It must be really nice.
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