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post #101 of 124 Old 10-16-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ive had them for about 3 months and they do eat zucchini, I have not added any in a few weeks though since they were obviously eating well. I'll grab some tonight or tomorrow for them.

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post #102 of 124 Old 10-16-2011, 07:11 PM
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This thread was so interesting, I just read all 11 pages! I love that piece of driftwood and your aquascape makes me crave a bigger tank again. For now though, I'd better just stick with my 5 gallon pea puffer tank. :D I'll have to do live plants sometime. So gorgeous.
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post #103 of 124 Old 10-16-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!!

My mom just got 2 pea puffers this weekend for her empty 10g tank. They are SO fun to watch, it makes me want to set a small tank up and get some myself. Sadly, Im short on room in my house. >.< I'll have to hold out on that dream until Im not renting and dont have to worry about moving 3 fish tanks in the near future, haha.
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post #104 of 124 Old 10-26-2011, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Just an updated shot!

Its been a few weeks now and everything has had sometime to settle.. a lot of the plants are really growing in nicely!

My main issue here is how do I keep hair algae from growing on my floating plants? I have my lights on 8 hours a day. Should I cut back the photo period? There is no algae anywhere else, only starting to grow on the roots of my pennywort. I know its because they are closest to the light, but just want to know if there is anything I can do?

This shot is actually from last week and the plants have grown even more than this picture shows. Im going to take a better picture tomorrow once my lights are on again!
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post #105 of 124 Old 10-26-2011, 08:50 PM
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That is lovely indeed. A nicely balanced aquascape.

On the algae, not much can be done. It happens. Reducing the light period may be necessary, it depends upon the balance so you have to experiment a bit. Observing what happens over a week at a time. If the plants are all doing well and algae is increasing, reduce the light duration by an hour and see what if anything changes.

All tanks have algae, one can't hope to keep it out. You just want it controlled.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Okay thanks Byron, Im going to monitor it over the weekend and if it continues to get worse I'll cut back an hour. Would an hour be enough to make a difference? Im worried that maybe I should go ahead and cut it back to 6 hours if it continues to grow.

I know you've said in other posts to cut the leaves off the plants that are affected by the hair algae, but what do you do when its the hanging roots? I'd hate to throw out my beautiful pennywort, its just now starting to develop the hanging roots and it looks so pretty. :(
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Okay thanks Byron, Im going to monitor it over the weekend and if it continues to get worse I'll cut back an hour. Would an hour be enough to make a difference? Im worried that maybe I should go ahead and cut it back to 6 hours if it continues to grow.

I know you've said in other posts to cut the leaves off the plants that are affected by the hair algae, but what do you do when its the hanging roots? I'd hate to throw out my beautiful pennywort, its just now starting to develop the hanging roots and it looks so pretty. :(
Try one hour; that can make a lot of difference. Other factors play into it too. I used to find that algae increased during summer, and I wondered if this was related to longer days and more daylight entering the fish room. This year I kept blinds and heavy drapes over the windows all summer [I have a fish room so this is feasible], and algae did not increase. It doesn't take much light to make a difference.

To the algae, are we talking hair algae, or brush algae? The latter is the one I usually see on floating plants. A photo might help identify it. It would also tell me just how much it is. When brush algae gets heavy on the leaves of planted swords i usually remove them, but floating plants are a bit different.

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I'm not sure. I'm thinking brush..ill take a picture when I get home.
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post #109 of 124 Old 10-27-2011, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Heres a few newer shots of the tank and some shots of the floating plants with algae.
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Jbro the tank is looking good.
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