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My poor tank! Help me fix it please :(

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Danielle, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Danielle

    Danielle New Member

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    this is what it looked like on the 24th of March

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    This is what it looks like now

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    5.5g
    PH 7.5
    KH 5
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 10ppm (tested late in afternoon)
    Phos 1ppm

    I dose pfertz system
    Excel 1mL
    no CO2
    40-50% WC on sundays
    24w CF 9 hours/day

    3 changes made

    1: Swapped ferts from seachem to pfertz. Last seachem dose was on a saturday the 22nd, 50% WC on the 23rd, 50% WC 25th, started pfertz on 25th. Continued excel during this time.

    2: Major trim of Rotala. Don't remember what day that was though...

    3: Added Eheim 2213 canister filter. I'm running both my HOB and the canister at the same time until the canister builds up a good bacterial colony. The HOB is on the left back corner of the tank and the flow goes from back to the front. The spray bar for the canister is on the right side spraying to the left. Most of the bad growth is in the right rear corner on the ludwigia and in the center on the nessae, but it's really everywhere. That was maybe 10 days - 2 weeks ago

    I know some of the algae is BBA... but it's only growing in one or two small spots on a section of driftwood. The stuff covering the nessae and ludwigia is a very dark green. I wondered if maybe it was BGA? or if it's some other sort of algae. I have cherry and amano shrimp and an oto and none of them seem to touch it.
     
  2. Pat7676

    Pat7676 New Member

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    What size is your tank?
     
  3. Danielle

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    I think you will need CO2 to be running that much light. Anyone wanna comment on this?
     
  5. dougz

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    CO2 won't HURT, and will, that's for sure!

    You could try pressurized or DIY, or you could add liquid carbon ala Seachem Flourish Excel (not as good as carbon gas of course)..

    Try it, and let us know how it works out..
     
  6. Pat7676

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    DIY CO2 is easy to do and doesn't cost hardly anything if you don't feel like buying a pressurized system.
     
  7. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    The white leaves of the downoi and some of the other plants look to have some sort of potassium deficiency. Also, Is the dark green algae on the plants like a slime, where you can rub it off pretty easily? I would also up the Excel dosage to about 2 ml.

    -John N.
     
  8. Danielle

    Danielle New Member

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    John...

    would that much excel hurt my shrimps? I haven't rubbed any of the algae yet.. I'll do that during my sunday water change.

    I've also added CO2 to my list. It will be the next thing I buy.
     

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