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Power in Chaos

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Power in Chaos is my 1st aquascape and has develop into this.
    I do not use any co2 or flourish excel at the moment. I use the Eheim 2211 for filtration and an inline heater.
    I use a d.i.y LED fixture with LED strips glued to it. I am currently using half the lighting power of this
    I have Java fern, unknown moss, and Dwarf Hair grass and 1 small Crypt that hasn't grown much. The hard scape consists of Horn Wood, ADA slim wood and limestone. Substrate is some dirty pool sand. (lots of dead algae and snails in there)
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Lucas

    I have several concerns for you to think about.
    1 Those connectors (or what ever you call them) if they are electrical I would be extremely concerned being so close to the water you could get condensation in them.

    2 Limestone with Cardinal tetras and a Crypt plant.

    Keith:):)
     
  3. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    The contacts for the light are very strong (they can hold the LED driver on their own) and are 25 cm from the top of the glass. The 2nd contact(with the wire nuts) is 15 cm diagonally from the top of the tank. In addition to this, we have AC running for good portion of the day with a humidifier. I have not seen any issues yet regarding the light.

    I've seen no change in character, but they have been schooling loosely since the 6th died. They love swimming around the driftwood.
     
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  4. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Sorry for not updating in a while. Life happened. :) I've started experimenting with dosing dry nitrates and planted CSM+B. I'm dosing about ¼ Table Spoon of both daily. After day 2 of noticing pearling on the moss and Java fern, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, the cyanobacteria took to the new nutrients quickly, and began growing rapidly. I've also noticed some brown algae on the glass. I'm wondering whether I should reduce the KNO3 or Plantex, or both
     
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    I would stop using both immediately and see what happens its no use reducing until the tank settles down.

    Keith:):)
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Sure. I've also done a 50% water change. I have a little DIY TPN+(3) left that is about a year old. I could use that or make some more.
     
  7. keithgh

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    I would open a new thread on what you are using and what happened.

    I think you should get replies from members who know about those products and their uses.

    Keith:):)
     
  8. sushant

    sushant Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cyano generally appears due to low flow and high light.

    As far as I know 2211 has low flow rate (I'm using 2213 on a similar size tank and still find the flow low for my liking)

    You should stop dosing CSM-B on daily basis as iron is a micro and required in small quantity. Dosing nitrate is fine to keep a check on cyano.

    Irregular level of Co2 can also be one of the reasons so try keeping it constant at about 25-30ppm.

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    Thanks for your input. I do have fluctuating co2 levels simply due to various types of surface agitation. I do not inject co2. How frequently would you recommend dosing CSBM+B weekly? once a week, or a tiny bit a day? 1/8th of a teaspoon?
     
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    is BGA the other name for Cyano bacteria? if yes, it happened to my entry tank nearing
    maturity. what i did was stop dosing fertz and treated it Erythromycin [a sort of anti-biotic
    available in our place]. as advise, during treatment i shut off my filtration as it will kill the BB already
    lives in my filter medias.

    and it worked!!
     
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    Hmmm. Genius! After stopping dosing, I have not seen any Cyano growth. If it gets really bad, I'll have to resort to that but it's not very bad right now.
     
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    i hate that foul smell produced by cyano in my tank.
    might come back if not treated properly. it happened to my tank. i thought it is cured
    but it show again in another area. this prompted me not to practice wait and see. treated again to avoid spreading.
    then i finally win the battle ;) :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Lucas, In England Erythromycin is banned You are not allowed to use it in aquariums as its anti biotic's. Not sure about the US ???
     
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    I believe it is legal here.
     
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    Hi Lucas,I think you are right ;)Its banned in England Europe and India Not sure about India I read it somewhere ???
     
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    I don't think it's banned here in India. But I don't recommend using antibiotics in aquarium until its absolutely necessary.


    I have also found gluteraldehide to be very effective against BGA.

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    I think you have to have a Drs Subscription to get it in Australia, as its an Antibiotic I certainly not use it in an Aquarium.


    Keith:):)
     
  18. lucasgg

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    Working on nutrient balancing issues right now. I've seen an increase of potential pearling, and brown algae growth along with Cyano growth. Weaning off of the DIY TPN+(3), as it contains micronutrients that the algae could be farming off of. Now dosing about 1/16th TSP of nitrate(KNo3).

    Sorta considering purchasing an Oto after noticing the brown algae.

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    My goal with this tank is to produce conditions that discourage Cyanobacteria, and encourage plant growth and other edible alga.
     
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    No matter what you do all you seem to is going around in circles and getting no where.

    The only suggestion now is stop all your DIY ferts do several big water changes a week and, a total black out for three days.

    In all the years of Aquariums I only ever used bought fertilizers and never had problems you are having.

    Yes it cost me more but it was stress free.

    Keith:):)
     
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