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1st attempt : Bonsai + Iwagumi

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by PSPANG, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. PSPANG

    PSPANG New Member

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    Help !!! Just spot BBA on my bonsai branches ... How do I get ride of it? I'm already dosing half strength of Dino Spit - twice a week

    pH - 6.2
    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - 20ppm
    GH - 6 dGH
    KH - 0 dKH
    CO2 & lighting - 8hrs


    Weekly 30% WC and top up with AquaGreen GH Booster (4 teaspoons) & KHCO3 (1.5 teaspoon)
    PPMD+P fert daily alternating macro & micro - half dosage
    Tank size - 200lt
     
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  2. PSPANG

    PSPANG New Member

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    Week 5

    x25 green neon tetras
    x3 Otocinclus
    x30 red cherry shrimps

    [​IMG]
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    PSPANG

    It is advisable to have the Nitrate - 20ppm at 10 or below.

    Possible causes

    Overfeeding
    Overstocking
    Dirty Filters
    Decaying Plant Material


    The Solution
    Prevention

    Feed your fish sparingly. Use a measuring spoon I used a very small spoon often called a mustard spoon unless you have had plenty of practice a pinch can vary too much
    Do a quick inspection every day. Remove any sources of decomposition plant material

    Maintenance

    Large water changes 35-40% twice weekly.
    Larger filters monthly that means sponges and medium and replace as required. Wash using the old tank water when doing a water change.

    If you are having water supply problems that will have to be corrected before it goes into your tank.
    Are you using a quality Bio Starter eg Seachem Stability at every water change this helps to maintain a high quality bacteria in your filter, not the "This is the same and as good as" sold by many LFS or Stores that sell aquarium products.

    As you tank is very young I would recommend you get some cheap floating plants this will certainly help until you have a good plant growth.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. PSPANG

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    Thanks Keith ...

    Overfeeding? Probably not. I fed the tetras with azoo 9 in 1 micro pellet. It comes in a small bottle with tiny holes and drizzle a little at a time and they'll finish in seconds. Nothing gets left. As for RCS, I only feed twice a week.

    Overstocking? Its a 1200x50x35 / 200lt tank. Got 25 tetras, 3 otos, 2 SAEs and 30 RCSs. I hope its not overstocking!?

    Dirty filters? Just did 30% WC last weekend and cleaned the filters.

    Decaying plants? This is the issue. The MCs melted during DSM and transitioning from emerse to submerse. Its bounce back but how do i remove the decay without removing the new growth !?

    I do have amazon frogbits - it's finally stabilise after about 80% melted away. I'll do WC twice weekly as suggested until nitrate near 0.

    Will Seachem Stability helps given that my ammonia & nitrite is 0?
     
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  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    PSPANG
    http://www.aqadvisor.com/ Run that program and post all the results please.
    As some would say with great difficulty.
    http://www.seachem.com/stability.php
    Here is all the information re Stability if any questions ask them they have an excellent service.
    No that is a permanent thing to do 2x35-40% twice weekly.
    Double checking washing filters and medium in old tank water?
    No Carbon in Filter?
    You do not have much plant growth yet the more plants the better for your tank.
    Did you do a water supply test?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. PSPANG

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    Week 10 update - Battling BBA that's now growing on moss and MC [​IMG] Got 5 SAEs helping with the task

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thx Keith ...

    Been reading up alot on BBA and it seems under control. It seems that it's very hard / impossible to get rid of BBA - just keep it under control. Is it true?
     
  9. keithgh

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    That sounds like a lot of Dr Google info.
    We have a few plant experts here one of them might know.
    My guess would be its hard to remove 100% but once removed and the cause is removed it should never be seen again.

    Over the may years on Forums many only fix a problem but not what caused the problem and it keeps returning.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. John Whatmough

    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    SAEs won’t get rid of BBA once established but will continue to eat biofilms on leaves and new BBA growth,downside they are clever ,just my observation,and soon as they mature take the lead with normal fishfood
     
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    That is an actual fact I had many SAE over the years and only the young ones were worth keeping they just became too lazy to look for food, why should they it was provided for them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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