05-06-2013, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Vpaw
I actually do have quite a few plants and plan to get more. I have 3 types currently in there and no fake plants. In my 20 gallon that is. In the 29 I have silk plants because my goldfish eat all the real plants.
I decently feed less than I used to and am doing, til the nitrates go down, daily 30%+ water changes.
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Then keep up the good work. As a tank matures (or even after a few years) you can get a nitrate "spike" because plants are consuming ammonia instead of nitrates. Perhaps things will just settle down and all the sudden (like in a couple of days) nitrates will start dropping.
Cyano is cyanobacteria, a combination of plant and animal that is a bacteria and also has "plant life" which reacts with light just like plants. Some cyano has the ability to get nitrogen from the nitrogen gas in the water as opposed to the ammonia/nitrate. So when nitrates finally drop to 0 lotas people get cloudy water/algae problems a few weeks later. Which is the cyano fixing the nitrogen gas.
The thing to do IMHO is just kill the lights and suspend feeding so the cyano dies off feedign the plants when the lights are returned. Then to adjust lighting and feeding so the tank stays clear.