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post #21 of 25 Old 05-06-2013, 09:35 AM
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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.

What is cynado?


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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.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-06-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Phew, alright. I've been doing so many water changes I think the water bill this month is gonna show... My nitrate of the water source is 0 ppm (was so nice to see that color after what I was used to from my fish tanks!) and that is after I condition it.


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The nitrates will go down by what you are doing. Water changes and vacuum the debris out of the gravel/off the top of the sand and control feedings. If you are doing this and no change has happen after a week then we need to address other issues that might be there.

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Sorry to bump, but I did it! My nitrates are at 10ppm!!!! Phew, 30-59A% Dailey water changes for like 2 weeks and finally, it's on the chart and low! :D so to maintain this I should just do a 20% weekly? Or is it better to do 15% twice a week?



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post #25 of 25 Old 05-18-2013, 10:42 PM
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Glad the nitrates finally came down for you!
To maintain this just make sure to continue to vacuum the substrate during water changes and stick to your feeding routine. If you do it once a week at 20% more would be better but anyways I would monitor the nitrates if they go up where you don't like them then you might want to change more or go to twice a week

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