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Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Vincent C, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Vincent C

    Vincent C New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    3 months ago, i setup a tank with few stones and tried to carpet with some micranthemum sp monte carlo. Everything was fine. It looked like easy so i didn't take it really seriously and bad things happenned.... My tank was full of Algae:(. I've tried to get rid of it but i couldn't. It was a big fail... but i won't give up. So last week, new fresh start, i re-setup my tank. Here some specs :
    30 liters tank
    Tropica soil powder
    Dennerle Scaper's flow
    Chirio led light
    Tropica Nano CO2 system
    Okho stone
    Micranthemum sp monte carlo and rotala sp bonsai
    I also use spring water

    I re setup eveything on tuesday. I can see some algae on the soil today. So what should i do ? Just wait and see what happen next ? Should i fertilize a little bit ?

    I also notice something strange, plants are a little bit « black » !?

    Hope to have some advices and tips:)

    thx
     
  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Vincent is this the unit you have?
    http://tropica.com/en/plant-care/co2/system-nano/
    How is it set up.

    Lighting hrs on and off.

    What is your drop checker colour?
    View attachment 13135

    Spring water this could mean different things in different countries. Is it a bottled or a bore water? Just to be on the safe side could you post all its parameters?

    Then that brings you to your tank parameters ?

    Finally can you post a photo of your tank and possibly a close up of your plants.

    I am not a Co2 expert I hope these questions will help the members who can help you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Vincent C

    Vincent C New Member

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    Yes this is the system i have.
    For now, there are 3 bubles per minute. The light is on for 7 hours a day. I plan to increase lighting duration slowly until 11 hours a day. What do you think ?
    I don't have the drop checker yet. I ordered one and i should have it within 2 days and still have some stuff to buy :D

    It's a bottled water and here' the parameters :
    PH : 6
    GH and KH : 1
    CA/MG : 6
    NO3 : 3

    I'll try to post a picture of the tank asap.
    Thx for your help :)
     
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Vincent

    Unless I am mistaken it will "depend" on your lighting.
    pH 6 now that could be a little low but it will depend on your plants and inhabitants.

    Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' comes from Argentina. It has compact, round and fresh light green leaves on creeping stalks and creates a fast-growing carpet in the front of the aquarium. The plant can grow in light shadow, but requires good light conditions, as well as CO2 additive, in order to develop optimally and become really compact. pH: 6.0- 7.0;

    Rotala 'Bonsai' is best described as a compact, moderate growing version of Bacopa caroliniana. Plant it in small groups and trim it often. Cuttings may be re-planted in the group to achieve a more dense group or carpet.
    At high light the tip of the stems may become reddish, at lower light the leaves will become larger and the plant less compact.
    Rotala 'Bonsai' is particularly suitable for nano-aquariums. pH ‎6.5-7.5



    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. Vincent C

    Vincent C New Member

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    I finally got my tests after some delivery issues ...
    So my tank parameters are :
    ph : 6,2 - 6,4
    KH : 1
    N02 : 0
    NO3 : less than 10
    My drop checker's color is dark green.

    Now, everything seems to be ok. I don't know if it's because of my horn snails, or my parameters begin to stabilize. I still have algae but not like 2 weeks ago.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The only point I can see is your Ph its a whisker low but if your tank has plants and inhabitants that are suitable for those conditions I would leave every thing alone. If necessary the Ph can be raised and controlled easily. I used a small amount of shell grit tied into a toe of a stocking or a very fine net and placed in the filter. It can be adjusted as required its a very safe and easy method to use plus its cheap and even cheaper if you can collect a few sea shells clean and, break them up.

    Can you post a photo of your tank please. Using the Image is easy to use.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. Vincent C

    Vincent C New Member

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    here's a photo of my tank. Sorry for the quality of the photo ....

    I also notice that algae is back ... So i had to decrease the intensity of my light, but still on for 7 hours.
     

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You might have to get a few ??? to eat the Algae. What inhabitants are you thinking of adding to your tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. Vincent C

    Vincent C New Member

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    For the moment i have only 3 horn snails. I'm planning to add 6 amano shrimps. Then later other shrimps like bloody mary shrimps :p
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The name had me puzzled until I found this
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    Bloody Mary shrimp

    Once you add all the Shrimps you should not have an Algae concern.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. Vincent C

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    nice shrimps isn't it ? :)
     
  12. keithgh

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    When I had my Cherry Shrimps I might be lucky to have a few dark reds nothing like that.

    I do not know if the Bloody Mary's are available in Australia.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    A very noob question ... how do i know if my CO2 cartridge is empty ?? :D
     
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    When you have low pressure....
     
  15. keithgh

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    One very old method of double checking is gently tap the side of the bottle it will sound hollow if there is no Co2 at that level. With a bit of practice you will be able to tell exactly how much you have in the bottle.

    One tip always have a full spare bottle ready to use.

    Once you have had it going for a while you will learn when the pressure is getting low.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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