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post #21 of 27 Old 09-13-2009, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Lol me too. My dads to tired to go to Petsmart though.
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post #22 of 27 Old 09-21-2009, 06:04 AM
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As far as teh algae goes here is what I do. Lighting is less crucial in a fresh water tank as it is to salt water. I limite the amount of light so as not to feed the algae. I used a timer so the lights are on only when I am home which is 5-10PM. 5 hours only as opposed to turning the lights on in the morning and off at night which is over 12 hours like many people do. I have small LED moonlights the rest of the time so the tank always looks cool.

I also use deionized water through a reverse osmosis filter. I reconstitute the RO water using RO Right chemical, then buffer the PH to 6.5 using a PH buffer from aquarium pharmaceuticals. This gives me soft water with a PH of 6.5. I never have a spec of algae since there is nothing in the RO water to feed it.

I once moved to a new house and used tap water and bang, the algae started up. I plumbed in my reverse osmosis filter and the algae stopped. You gotta give your fish good water. All my fish desire the same parameters of soft acidic water in the PH 6.5 area. Neon tetra, Cory's, horseface loaches, etc.... They all do great. if you get compatible fish that all desire the same water parameters its easy to achive using reverse osmosis. Just reconstitute it to soft or hard water, then buffer it to the proper PH. Playing with tap water and chemicals is like a bomb waiting to go off. You'll have too many swings since tap water is buffered up the ying yang and usually very hard. Learn your water chemistry and you will control you'll algae.

At least that worked for me. Give it a shot. You can buy reverse osmosis water for cheap from wine making stores or your local fish store. Do that if you don't want to get your own filter.
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post #23 of 27 Old 09-23-2009, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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well thanks to some ph probs bein to lol i have a dead pleco and glolight.
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post #24 of 27 Old 10-02-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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well do i guess the fish werent good from the start asfore everything died except for my loaches.
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post #25 of 27 Old 11-14-2009, 03:59 AM
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one month ago, after restocking everythging died again from the ick including the loaches except for two cory cats. I have restocked it again after the ick dissapeared with the two cory cats and 2 new longfin red serpae tetras, and 1 black mystery snail. Anyone want a pic of them.

Also did i mention i set up my 90 gallon two. No fish yet anyone want pics of that.

BTW, i f you dont remember me, im zoo maniac jut had to join under a new name because i lost me passwrod and email for my last account. i am currently trying to get hlp from and administrator.
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post #26 of 27 Old 11-15-2009, 11:30 AM
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Update time i got some new red minor longfin serpae tetra
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post #27 of 27 Old 11-15-2009, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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yay i got my old account back. Anyways any comments on the pictures.
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