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post #11 of 14 Old 01-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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9 hours I think, is that too long? I also have two 6500k, 10 watt ultra sun mini compact lights. I dunno if that is too much light or not? My melon sword isn't having a problem growing I just don't think the hairgrass algae is a good thing.
You should reduce the duration from 9 down to 8 hours. The brush algae you mentioned in another post is due to light. Don't expect the algae to disappear, it won't, but when the light is reduced it should hopefully stop increasing and that is the aim. Plants need nutrients to grow, so stopping the nutrients will not help the algae issue as then the plants can't compete for the light.

I would get some floating plant; this will not only help with the light but calm the Betta. This fish occurs in heavily-vegetated swamps and appreciates floating plants. Water Sprite is ideal.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-09-2012, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron, do you think some anacharis would work as a floating plant? I got a different plant in the gravel to replace the mondo grass

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
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Thanks Byron, do you think some anacharis would work as a floating plant? I got a different plant in the gravel to replace the mondo grass
Yes it will float and help. The nice thing about something like Water Sprite is that is spreads out, acting as a block to the light, but also sends down very extensive root systems into the water, and all anabantids (like the Betta) love to browse among these dangling roots continually.

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I will look for water sprite at my fish stores and see if I can order some, I will use the anacharis for a temporary fix

40 gallon with 13 hermit crabs- 11 PPs, 1 E, 1 Straw
25 Gallon
~2 Dwarf Puffer- Sidney and Cairo, 4 Amano Shrimp, 4 Blue Pearl Shrimp, 4 Yellow Cherry Shrimp, 2 Mandarin Cherry Shrimp, Too many RCS, 4 Crystal Red Shrimp, 4- Otos

5 gallon
~White/Teal/Red Betta- Phantom, Snails

25 Gallon
~Leopard Gecko- Desert Rose
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