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My first nano iwagumi.

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Asthaparhim, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is the pump I've got http://www.zooplus.nl/shop/vissen/pompen_aquarium/pompen/eheim/26228

    I don't know what to do, some HC is covered with hair algae and some are bright green.
    Should have enough flow, got enough (stable) co2, doing water change every day, dosing liquid and dry.
    The length from the tubings from lily pipe to filter is about 90cm, what do you exactly mean with kink?
     
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  2. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Ahhh I'm with you, you'd called it an air pump in the previous post.

    You could try dropping down to a single light if issues continues, hair algae is telling you that co2 isn't stable/sufficient. Are you changing the water while the tank lights are on? Is the drop checker green when the lights come on? When are you dosing?

    By kinked I mean bent so as to restrict the flow. It's always wise to try and keep tubing as direct and as short as possible, less likely to kink, less pressure etc.
     
  3. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Oh I see I really don't know why I called it an airpump sorry o_O
    Sometimes I can't change it before the CO2 goes on so I change it when it is about on for an half a hour, maybe it smart whenever I can't do a water change before the CO2 goes on, to leave it? Or what I can do is set my timers a hour later so I can do a change before the light goes on?
    * My CO2 goes on 1,5 hour before the lights go on.
    I don't know if 13watt will be enough to grow HC?
    I'll turn pump on again then maybe it will also help :)
     
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  4. Garuf

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    You definitely don't want to be changing the water when the co2 has started or the lighting period has strated this has the effect of playing holy hell with levels of co2 and diffusion and all the rest, the best time to change water is right after the lights go off, this gives the system enough time for any o2 and co2 in the tap water to off gas and normalise before the next day. I've ran tanks in the past when the morning water change has caused algae and as soon as I've swapped to after lights out it's gone away on it's own, it's an anomalous thing I think but worth doing as to not mess with the injection rates.

    13w should be enough on this tank, the dennerle clip on lights are 11w and these are plenty to grow hc albeit slowly on their 20l cubes which aren't so very different.

    That the hc is melting is telling you there's not enough co2 or too much light.
     
  5. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Mmm that could be the cause! I will start doing water changes whenever the lights are off then! Thanks!
    Should I also dose after the lights are off or just before they go on?
     
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    I think it is irrelevant when you. Make a routine that suits you and stick to it. I too do waterchanges just prior to lights off.

    GM
     
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  7. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Oke thanks, I'll give it a try then!
     
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  8. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I don't know anymore what to do. A lot of plants were covered with hair algea and green algea (even a little bit on the subtrate).
    Switched to one light, alot of hair algea went away but even more hairgrass turned brown.
    I really don't know what I'm doing wrong...
    Did a every day water change when the light were out, switched to one light instead of 2, CO2 stable and high (My 2KG co2 bottle was empty in 2 months) and stable dosing.

    Maybe I'll go for a low tech tank and sell my co2 set because I spent alot of money for a tank of algea :(.
     
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  9. WetElbow

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    That sucks. It's hateful when you put so much time an effort into something and its not working. Particularly when you can't pin down where the problem lies.

    New to this myself but what about flow. Insufficient flow can cause algae.
     
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  10. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yea it is very annoying and stressful.
    Got an eheim 2213 on my 25 liter tank + bought an extra pump (300 liter per hour).
     
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    High Tech tanks will almost always go through a period of instability before it becomes established. You'll need to find that balance point of light, co2, fertilizers, and water parameters to get the plants into growth mode.
     
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  12. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    One thing I did not mention is what I use in my filter:
    about 75% Eheim Ehfi Carbon
    about 25% Eheim Eheim EHFI Substrat PRO

    Maybe something wrong with that?
     
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  13. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Does someone have experience with a Juwel Aquarium Cabinet Rekord SB 60?
    Is there enough space to hide my eheim filter, CO2 set and heater do you think?
     
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    The smart way replication plants without algae ..;)
     
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  15. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I want to try something diffrent, already emptied my whole tank I'm going for a fresh start now.
    First of all I'm going to buy a cabinet to hide my equipment. Got some inspiration from this thread.
    I want to create an island and within the island the following plant setup:

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    Idea's, suggestions and comments are welcome :D
     
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  16. WetElbow

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    Well, I think a new tank deserves a new journal. Also that thread is a great inspiration.
     
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  17. Asthaparhim

    Asthaparhim Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks for your reply, as soon as I got my stuff and plants I will start a new journal it finally will be no iwagumi anymore.
     
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  18. WetElbow

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    It's a shame. This tank was looking great at one stage and you put loads of effort into it.

    But it's a great opportunity to get stuck into a new project.
     
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