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10 Gallon Planted (please give me tips)

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by lucasgg, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    So, I got the light heightened by an extra 1.5". I noticed the algae stopped growing quite so fast. I also got another ¼ gallon of yeast in the tank, simply because the powerhead was sucking way too hard. Anyway, this morning, I noticed a ton of white, dead algae. Maybe it's dead from the competition with the yeast, in addition to light being reduced?
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    I have never seen or heard of a White Algae, I hope a member can help you.

    Keith:):)
     
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    white algae would sound more like a mould or fungus to me. Dying algae will visibly go grey for a couple of days before dying.

    1/4 gallon of yeast in the tank is a lot. How is this happening and where does a powerhead come into play?
     
  4. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    The airtube that I put in the intake sometimes catches the suction too well, and ends up crushing both the bottles, and sucking out the yeast.

    Does it make a difference that the white stuff is on the glass, where some hair algae used to be?
    I had cleaned a portion of the glass, and there wasn't any white stuff where the clean patch it.
     
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    Ok, it's gotten cloudier since. Plus, there are these little white worms on the glass in large numbers, and I imagine they are else where too.
     
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    You seem to be having no end of problems and I think it can all be traced back to your Co2 unit and how it is set up and working.

    Unless its 110% necessary I would take it out and maintain your tank by good weekly 30-40% water changes and use a quality liquid Fertilisers as recommended by the manufacturer.

    And see how that goes after about 6 Months.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Did you make it exactly as the recipe?

    Also feeding cut by 50% or only every second day.

    Keith:):)
     
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    As exactly as I could :)
    I had to do the risky divide and conquer method, simply because some of the ingredients were too small to measure with my scale, which is only sensitive to 4 grams minimum.

    I read an article about those worms, and apparently they love gravel with lots of food. I still think there is something relating the yeast, the foggy water, fungus and worms. It may be in my best interest to stop using DIY Co2.
     
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    That could also be a concern, every ingredient should be exact.

    Yes I would stop using the Co2, double check your fertiliser, 2x 40% water changes a week, cut the feeding by 50% or only every second day.

    If you can do several gravel Vac's

    While doing all this think about what you intend to do once you have cleaned the tank up 110%

    Keith:):)
     
  11. lucasgg

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    I am contemplating redoing the aquascape and doing some more long term thoughts for the next setup
     
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    That sounds like a very good idea a simple low tech tank no Co2.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I would like to have a little co2. I'm not sure how much I want to spend. I'd better cross to that bridge when I come to it. In the mean time, I need a good design for a future aquascape. I am thinking about using driftwood again. What rocks go well with spindly, sticky driftwood?
     
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    The choice of rocks depends on three major concerns, the type of Aquascape, the cost of the rocks and the availability.

    Many members do not use Co2 and have very good Aquascapes.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I am in agreement with Keith. I think you should try a low tech without CO2. You have had many struggles with this current tank and I don't know if it is the best idea to redo the scape and do everything the same. I think it is important you learn to grow easy undemanding plants without CO2 before moving to higher light and CO2.

    I would worry less about design and simply focus on growing plants well.
     
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    So, I am 100% for redoing the tank. I understand that going no-co2 is a great idea, and I am willing to go there. (Plus it's cheaper :) )
    Shawn: What is the name of the bright red stems that you gave me? Would they go well without co2?
    I know for sure that Mr. Myrio will do fine without co2, and the dwarf hair grass ought to do fine but may grow slowly.

    I need to draw out a nice aquascape that I like and try to find non-co2 plants for it. I'll create another thread with all my drawings, and you all can choose which is the best.
     
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    Now you are on the right track take it slowly and learn along the way.

    Would you like this thread closed to stop any confusion?

    Keith:):)
     
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    No thanks. :)
     
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    The stink to high heaven has disappeared. And the fungus is gone.
     
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    Lucas what caused all that to happen?

    Have you pulled that tank down?

    Keith:):)
     

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