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When is it too much plant?
Old 01-21-2010, 05:46 PM   #31
 
Hmmm.... that should be plenty for W/C. Maybe you should try laying off them then. Usually blooms will fix themselves once they run their course. Perhaps all the water changes are keeping it from doing that.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:32 PM   #32
 
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i wanted to contribute something... take it with a grain of salt.

i've been researching plant filters and i think i learned something useful.

in a well planted tank, beneficial bacteria isn't required, and some schools of thought claim that a huge colony of beneficial bacteria could hinder plant growth. with that knowledge, what would be the harm in using a bactericide like potassium permagranite to clear the bloom? as a last resort only of course.
what i would do, but wait and see what the experts say. do a search for ''plant filters bacteria'' and the info should show up that im referencing.
also wanted to comment on gravel vacuuming... its only for appearence. the detritus very rarely waste and more often simply inert ''leftovers''.

only fish from fast moving streams will be bothered by a little 'mud'.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #33
 
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I been doing some more digging on this matter of the water clarity. I came across an article with pictures that looked EXTREMELY like my tank and in there it was discussed that its a form of algae like the green water, just rather white-yellow in coloration and its due to too much nutrition...
That said the 55g is the only one in my house receiving liquid ferts...so maybe the ferts are just too much (going by weekly dose as recommended by Flourish)?
I doubt my lights are too much, there's 2x30w @5000K on there at 5hrs on, 3 off 5 on....

And whatever it truly is must be influenced by CO2; cause when I first gotten & introduced the 2 kissing gourami it cleared up - then went back cloudy.

I think no knowing 100% what I'm dealing with there bug's me the most LOL
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:25 PM   #34
 
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in a well planted tank, beneficial bacteria isn't required, and some schools of thought claim that a huge colony of beneficial bacteria could hinder plant growth.
Simply out of experience with long term established tank that were heavily planted and due to the non-maintenance on the filters I have to strongly say this statement from my viewpoint on "old" tanks is simply not true. That would then mean my plant growth would have stopped or even died off neither one of the two happened.

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what would be the harm in using a bactericide like potassium permagranite to clear the bloom? as a last resort only of course.
Considering how this stuff can be having a toxic effect on fish at a ratio of 1 TEAsp per 1,000 gallon already...I'd rather not "test" with something like that in my tank.
I see what you mean and I would MAYBE consider a treatment like this in some severe hardcore case in a tank WITHOUT fish but def not with fish and much less something as sensitive as my Gouramis
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