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First attempt to aquascape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by kabriolet, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Zeus

    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Unlickly IMO. I get my supply form any local supermarket in the baby care section. It is not in the same section as the domestic bleaches. I had to ask on my first trip. But I did know why I wanted it as we use it at work to clean organic waste from mechanical filters. Works treat on them.

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  2. kabriolet

    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    A pharmacy could be an option. They sell a lot of baby products as well over here. I'll take a look

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  3. keithgh

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    The only difference could be the brand name. Read the label carefully first.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I ordered the Chihiros A601. It arrived today. It makes a lot of difference indeed. The sides are less dark. Overall it just changes the feel and look of the aquarium. I started with the middle strength out off the 7 different strengths you can put the light in. Don't know yet what the 'mode' button does. There wasn't a manual included.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    That is the first time I have known an On/Off switch called a Mode Button

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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Update of the progress after about a month. I have the impression that, after adding the new light, the 'Monte Carlo' really started to grow.

    I gave up on the CO2 for now. After my first bottle of CO2 literally disappeared in the air because the rubber ring wasn't placed on the inside of the regulator, I tried to tighten the regulator with a spanner. I think now the regulator is blocked because of that. Investing in a new regulator is too much for me now and it looks to me the plants are doing fine so far. The mosses already got a first trim, which I used to expand the moss on the driftwood. I'll see if I can keep it low tech and for how long.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    There is nothing wrong with a Low Tech tank its only a matter of growing the plants that do not require all the high tech equipment.

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  10. kabriolet

    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm not sure if the 'Monte Carlo' can do without it. It might grow less compact, but I'll see how it goes. So far it's not disappointing me

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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I can tell they really caught up since I installed the new lights. The growth has increased, I see the roots reaching deeper into the substrate as well (where the plants are close to the glass).
    I just hope I can keep them compact enough without CO2, if not, a new investment needs to be done unfortunately.

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    It looks like the old story again "Don't alter any thing" The liquid ferts plus the new light could be sufficient. Good water changes will also help.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yesterday I noticed some dark green growth in the substrate. I suppose it's algae. I immediately lowered the brightness of the lights. Today I noticed that, even with lower intensity of light, it's spreading out. The lights are on for only six hours a day.

    What kind of algae is this, and what can I do best to get rid of it?[​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. Zeus

    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    I haven't had my tank on for more than six hours ever. I would lower the brightness more, until you have more plant biomass.

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    i believe it is a sign of BGA. some contributing factors like low in nitrates, low water circulation.
    you can add potassium nitrate. this king of bacteria is recurring and gives a foul smell to your tank water.
    kingly do research on how to deal with BGA.
     
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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks, I'll see what I can find about it. Nitrate can be low, didn't add any fertilizers yet. A few days back the substrate got disturbed a bit by accident, during a water change. Maybe that also contributed to it

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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Same here. I've always used six hours of light. Since I'm using the Chihiros A601 lights, the plants really caught up. I've started those at the middle of the 7 different strengths. I lowered it yesterday to the lowest position, but it doesn't seem to affect the algae (yet?). If it's 'blue algae', which I'm suspecting it to be, I heard it could help to block the light completely out for about two days. That might kill it. And then add some nitrates and do a water change again

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  19. Ed Villagracia

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    when one accidentally disturbed a substrate a gas may be released, but i guess it is a another thing.
    i do have some BGA in my tank. what i usually do is just siphon the upper part where it appear, if its a little deeper
    i would gently disturb the substrate a bit and same time siphoning the water.
    and the final move, doing a massive water change. that is my way in dealing BGA.
    maybe others may have a better idea ;)
     
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    This link should be able to help you
    BBA and BGA - Causes & Treatments
    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/23-algae/68793-bba-bga-causes-treatments.html

    Ed's advice could be an excellent method of removing it. Remember it's fixing the cause is must, other wise you will never remove it 100%

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