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Discussion in 'Algae' started by Atrixx, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    Helloo,

    I'm having troubles in my tank.
    I think all my plants are dying.
    I'm using the EI method.

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    I'm having a 80cm x 35cm x 40cm tank with 95L netto.
    With 3 x 24W lamps. 2x 6500K and 1x 10.000K 12H a day.

    Kind Regards Michael
     

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  2. Ohly

    Ohly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i think it look like brown algae but wait for someone better than me !
     
  3. Alexander Azizov

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    It seems that tank is pretty young yet, up to a month age, plants undergo acclimatizing to new conditions - particularly anubias was probably grown emersed. Good sign is that new leaves appear. As for moss, it looks most of its mass is dead, I suggest that you remove dead branches as much as possible. Other plants look the way they should look for the period of acclimatizing in a new environment. Driftwood is also showing some bacterial bloom spots. For the period of acclimatization, basing on what I see in your tank, I suggest that you reconsider dosing in your EI method (decrease).
     
  4. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    Hello.

    What do you mean with "I suggest that you reconsider dosing in your EI method" please?
    And indeed the tank is about a week old.
    So i reduced the light to 2x 24W 6500k instead of 3x24W 6500k and 10000k. And from 12hours to 6hours. Is that ok? Or do i need more light instead of lower?

    And the "bolbitus heudelotii" his leaves are getting transparent and slimey. Is that also due to acclimatization?

    Kind regards michael
     
  5. ShadowMac

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    Your lighting period shouldn't exceed 10 hours. You do not need more light. Some of the changes are due to acclimating to being submerged. The bolbitus leaves look they were the out of water form.

    By decreasing EI he means you probably do not need that much fertilizer at this stage. I would agree. You have many plants acclimating who are also slow growers meaning they don't have a lot of demand for nutrients.

    Do you have pressurized CO2?

    The algae looks like diatoms. Give the tank some time, do some regular water changes and let things settle in. The reduced light should help. You can cut your EI dose to 1/3 EI.
     
  6. Alexander Azizov

    Alexander Azizov New Member

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    Sorry, I updated my post (added "reduction") simultaneously with your next post :) In most cases newly planted plants do not consume nutrients at their maximum rate, so overdosing will probably feed algae. Bolbitis and many other plants may loose leaves during acclimatization, that's normal.

    Upd: oops, I am so slow in making replies :)
     
  7. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    Haha me 2.
    Ok so i need to dose just 1/3 of the dose i give now a day?

    Kind regards michael
     
  8. Atrixx

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    I give:

    Monday: 60ml micro
    Thuseday: 40ml macro
    Wednesday: 60ml micro
    Thurseday: 40ml macro
    Friday: nothing
    Saturday: nothing
    Sunday: 50% water change and then 40ml macro
     
  9. Alexander Azizov

    Alexander Azizov New Member

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    yes, just cut it. How about CO2 set up in your tank? I just wonder why moss is looking bad, maybe Ph dropped down?
     
  10. Atrixx

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    Yes i have co2. About 40 bubbles/minute.
    But i think i have to much because my tester colours yellow. So i came from 60bubbles and now i reduced it to 40.

    Kind regards.
     
  11. Alexander Azizov

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    Unusual design you have in your tank, I see some stones hanging in the wood branches. Could you please show us a picture with a larger view, very interesting.
     
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    You cannot have too much CO2 as far as plants are concerned. I wouldn't turn it down if you don't have any issues with fish or shrimp.

    I think you could do 20 ml macro and 10 ml micro for now. Once the plants are growing and you have more of them you can return to that dosing regiment.
     
  14. Alexander Azizov

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    thanks, really nice tank and potential :)
     
  15. Atrixx

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    Well thank you alexander. In a month i will remove the floating stones. And next friday im gonna plant background plants.
    Rotala green and red. Or rotala rotundifolia. Not sure wich one.

    So i only need to cut back my EI to 20ml and 10ml and i'm ok?

    Kind regards
     
  16. ShadowMac

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    It should be sufficient. But you are focusing too much on the fertilizers. They are not the source of your troubles. I cannot say that reducing the ferts will fix anything. All we are saying is that you do not need to dose that amount in your tank at the moment.
     
  17. Atrixx

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    Helloo. I cut down to 20/10ml and did a 50% waterchange.
    But the brown algea keep growing. Can it be because of my lightning?
    Maybe bad lamps that stimulate the algea?

    Now i have 4x 24w T5 6500k.

    Kind regards
     
  18. ShadowMac

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    What are the dimensions of your tank? Is it 95 liters (roughly 25 gallons)? If so you only need to run 2x24 watts. The four is too much light.

    It is not the light spectrum causing the brown algae. It is sometimes part of the initial phase of a planted tank. You were running your lights for too long. Cut the lighting period to 8 hrs. You also do not have many plants in your tank. Planting very densely can help. Add more plants after cleaning up as much of the algae as you can.

    What is your filtration system like? It is important to have very good biofiltration.
     
  19. Atrixx

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    Helloo.

    Its 80Lx40Hx35D 95L netto.
    My filter is 700L/hour and a hydor nana 900L/hour.

    Kind regards michael
     
  20. Atrixx

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    I like the blue colour in youre tanks.
    But not that much. Any ideas how i can get it more blue with normal T5 lamps?
    Something between yours and mine.

    Kind regards michael.
     

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