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snoopy65 04-22-2012 09:03 PM

A Wreck, an injury, and a 125
A little background first. I wrecked my truck back in February and injured my knee (to the point of needing surgery, which is scheduled for this coming Friday). So for the last 2 months I have not been able to climb a ladder to do cleaning on my 125 gal in wall look through tank. It's access is 6' up. It has sun exposure, so it has horrendous algae, both on the glass and on the decor (green on glass, bba on decor). Right now it houses my Mpimbwe Frontosa. I have arranged to have them moved to my lower in wall 125 so that I can better care for them. I do not want to move them until I have stock for the top tank so I do not lose the cycle and end up with an empty tank that is the first thing you see when entering my home. I also do not want an algae ridden tank to be the first thing you see either. So, I have been kicking around what to do. I have to have this tank be very low maintenance, lightly stocked, and look I can not climb a ladder for at least a month or two after my knee surgery. My husband has agreed to stick the end of the python into the tank for me to do water changes, but he is not a fish person and will not scrape walls or do tank maintenance himself. Not to mention he often is working out of town

This is what I have planned so far....any additions, subtractions, or change suggestions are welcome with the exception that the BN will be going into that tank.

I have an L144 male (about 3 years old) and a long fin white tip male bristle nose that I plan on moving into there. I also have 5-6 assorted Anubias to put in there. The substrate is 100 lbs of play sand. The tank has been up for 2 years. Fluval 405 filter. Lighting low light and is outdated but will not be changed (except the bulbs as needed) as it is built into the wall (about 1 - 2 wpg).

My Micro Plan:

15 Blue Tetra (REALLY like these)
20 Redline Rasbora
20 Espie Rasbora
6 Amano Shrimp (for the BBA)
2-3 Nerites (for the green algae on glass)
3-4 Bridgesii (I know they don't do much for algae - but I love them)

6 assorted sizes of driftwood

Java Moss
Spiral Vals
Crypt Wendtii Green & Bronze
Amazon Sword or two

Okay this is where I am at thus far but really am open to about anything compatible or do you think it is stocked. I want this to be an active tank.

Keep in mind that I need the inhabitants to help with the algae problem and/or be compatible with the bristlenose that will be in there and the blue tetra that I have fallen in love with.

Thank you for your help and suggestions.

kitten_penang 04-23-2012 04:54 AM

why don't you get a uv filter =)

snoopy65 04-23-2012 05:59 AM

I very well may in the long run, but one or the other of the 125 gallon tanks need to be restocked regardless. So I might as well make the stocking friendly to the existing conditions. It also give me something to think about besides the knee. Once I am able to climb ladders again, I will happily be armpit deep in the tank again cleaning the algae as needed. Hopefully with what I plan, however, it will be needed less.

Geomancer 04-23-2012 06:25 AM

Using creatures to control algae hardly ever works well unless it is a minor problem. Plecos for example eat algae when young, but not when older.

A UV filter will only kill free floating algae, what is called 'green water'. It will do nothing to algae on the glass or hair algae.

The best control of algae is light control...

Live plants help too by removing the nutrients first before the algae can get to it, but with too much light algae will still prevail. I'm afraid that if you want to be algae free you will need to keep the blinds closed during the hours the tank is in direct light, or cover up that side. At least until your injury heals.

snoopy65 04-23-2012 11:38 AM

True, and if this were more than a short term fix, I would not even consider worrying about whether or not any of the livestock consumed algae, but it is only short term that I can not do thorough maintenance. The algae issue will be long term handled by manually removal until I find thermal curtains in Mossy Oak Breakup.

All of my other tanks have large fish and I have been wanting to do a micro community for a long time.....I suppose this is just an excuse to do it now.

kitten_penang 04-23-2012 03:08 PM

it's a good excuse as smaller fish give of less waste and that means less algae

Maxillius 04-23-2012 04:06 PM

what light are you using? because some times turning light down may very well do the oposite of what you want , your saying you have sunlight going intoo your tank, well even with blinds closed that light is enough to make algae grow so I suggest you have lights on for the most part of the time when there is light in the room or els your algae keeps growing but not your plants, and you want the oposite, and you also wana make sure there is enough nutrients since a plant will need more then algae . I have fixed my algae problem with adjusting my light time to the sun up and down , adding floating plants , and adding 2x the firts i was using befor! but I have a dual t5HO 24 inch on my 26 gallon, so I have ALOT of light ! hence why i had HORRIBLE algae ! also the addition of co2 helped me also! but what you will need to do is fidle with your tank to find the perfect balance !

snoopy65 04-23-2012 04:12 PM

I have older T8 vho lighting in the 6500 spectrum amounting to 1.5 - 2 wpg. I normally do not have the lights on during the day, never really thought about using the sunlight in addition to my tank lighting to make it a "higher" light tank. I am going to have to play with the lighting some now. I have flourish and excel here....have never done any plants higher light as I have never wanted to do major dosing and co2 but it is something I may just have to try.

Still making a micro community though. :)

Maxillius 04-23-2012 04:16 PM

I see! you have medium lighting id say! about the same as me ! I recommend floating plants! and your lights on during the day! since if you have your lights closed and just normal blind closed daylight comming in thats enough for algae to grow but not your plants so in effect your algae takes everything your plants need befor they can! so you need to make sure your plants take up what the algae needs! so when sun down no light and when sun is up light must be on!

snoopy65 04-23-2012 04:20 PM

I will darn sure give it a try!

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