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post #11 of 27 Old 05-28-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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You know I did add a pleco about that same time because of brown algae I had growing on my plants...
The lights are at Ecoxotic: Aquarium LED Lights, Reef LED Lighting
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post #12 of 27 Old 05-28-2013, 09:39 AM
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You know I did add a pleco about that same time because of brown algae I had growing on my plants...
The lights are at Ecoxotic: Aquarium LED Lights, Reef LED Lighting
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From the name ("Reef") and having a look at the colour specs, I would suggest this fixture is geared for a marine (reef) aquarium, not freshwater planted. This is not the best light for plants, and thus algae is going to have an advantage.

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post #13 of 27 Old 05-28-2013, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yes what I've read was the 12k-24k light was best for reef and the 6500-8k was better for fresh water. They did exchange the 12k for the 8k. I've had the 8k at my 5.5gal aquarium at work for over about two months now and even the fish seem to like it more since they are out swimming around all the time. When I had the 12k on this tank for any length of time the fish stayed hidden most of the time.
I've called and talked to the company and they tell me their lights do not promote nuisance algae.
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Yes what I've read was the 12k-24k light was best for reef and the 6500-8k was better for fresh water. They did exchange the 12k for the 8k. I've had the 8k at my 5.5gal aquarium at work for over about two months now and even the fish seem to like it more since they are out swimming around all the time. When I had the 12k on this tank for any length of time the fish stayed hidden most of the time.
I've called and talked to the company and they tell me their lights do not promote nuisance algae.
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Sadly, these people are not always honest. After all, they do want to sell their products.

The 8000K would be better, so that is not surprising. Kelvin around 5000K to 7000K is shown to promote the best plant growth, all else being equal, and this inhibits algae.

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Yes what I've read was the 12k-24k light was best for reef and the 6500-8k was better for fresh water. They did exchange the 12k for the 8k. I've had the 8k at my 5.5gal aquarium at work for over about two months now and even the fish seem to like it more since they are out swimming around all the time. When I had the 12k on this tank for any length of time the fish stayed hidden most of the time.
I've called and talked to the company and they tell me their lights do not promote nuisance algae.
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On their own, lights don't promote algae... any imbalance in the system is what does it and light is just one of the more common factors. They didn't lie about it.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #16 of 27 Old 06-01-2013, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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I wanted to say thank you! You my nitrates are reading 0ppm after my last 50% change last week. I also added a double dose of Prime with my last change and by the next morning it was reading 0ppm.
Now I'm going to tackle the green water. Going to look at UV sterilizers today and see if I can find a good inline that doesn't have to be in the tank...
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post #17 of 27 Old 06-08-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Green Water Gone!!!

Ok so I picked up the 9W Green Killing Machine UV Sterilizer and well not to sound like a teenage girl but OMG!!!! After over two months of not being able to see through my tank it's crystal clear! It took about 4 days for total clarity but there was a noticeable difference in just the first 24 hours. Really wish I'd have known about this a few months ago... here's a progression.
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post #18 of 27 Old 06-08-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tried to post photo's but I guess I don't really know what I'm doing there... Algae Bloom!!! :o( - a set on Flickr
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post #19 of 27 Old 06-09-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Ok so what gives??? What would cause you to find all your fish and shrimp at the surface in the morning??? They were acting just like they did when I had the Nitrite spike but all the tests came back good??? The difference this time it that even all the cherry shrimp were at the top as well... I did just add a few micro guppies and a couple new plants yesterday afternoon... I did add the air-stone again this morning and everyone is beginning to move around more like normal...
Also not good to leave the air stone because it'll drive out the CO2 which is bad for the plants correct???

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post #20 of 27 Old 06-09-2013, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/5443244...7634023750013/
So this is the tank and it's plants as it looks this morning... Minus the air stone.
And can I just add photos directly into the post? I always get a question mark when I try using the insert photo button...

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