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Old 05-01-2012, 01:07 AM   #61
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Haha well I just empty the contents and mix it up again. Takes 5 mins. I do it with my regular maintenance of my tank. But the automated systems are nice for sure.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:25 AM   #62
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I don't think thats it. Does it say excel on the bottle? I think you have flourish comprehensive. Yes, spot dosing excel will kill algea because it has an algeacide in it, even though seachem wont admit it lol its name escapes me right now, but i think it call gulahydrate? Im pretty sure I butchered that name pretty badly though haha
Nope doesn't say excel on it. It's the comprehensive solution. No much i can do with it then I take?
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:26 AM   #63
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Nope doesn't say excel on it. It's the comprehensive solution. No much i can do with it then I take?
Aside from just dosing normal ferts, no. Sorry
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Aside from just dosing normal ferts, no. Sorry
ah it's cool. I've decided to attempt a black out on the algae. the tank still gets household light, which isn't too intense but apart from that I'm going to try and starve it and see if that helps. I'm going to attempt another co2 DIY set up until my unit arrives late this week.

should algae die off, or plants 'win out', if:

1. water parameters are ok (I don't have any way of checking base elements though)
2. light and co2 are in equal proportions
3. I fertilize once to twice a week

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ah it's cool. I've decided to attempt a black out on the algae. the tank still gets household light, which isn't too intense but apart from that I'm going to try and starve it and see if that helps. I'm going to attempt another co2 DIY set up until my unit arrives late this week.

should algae die off, or plants 'win out', if:

1. water parameters are ok (I don't have any way of checking base elements though)
2. light and co2 are in equal proportions
3. I fertilize once to twice a week

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What kind of algea is it? If its BBA or staghorn, a blackout with achieve nothing, I've even heard of cases where a person blacked out his tank for a few months and the algea was still alive.

Yes, I believe so. Maybe someone like aqua_chem or Jetajockey can clarify. There must be an imbalance somewhere in the tank, from too much light, to bad water quality. Try getting some fast growing plants like hornwort, hygrophilia, and some floating plants to suck up some extra nutrients. Also, try bumping up your PWC schedule to 2 times a week, and see if that helps
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:31 AM   #66
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What kind of algea is it? If its BBA or staghorn, a blackout with achieve nothing, I've even heard of cases where a person blacked out his tank for a few months and the algea was still alive.

Yes, I believe so. Maybe someone like aqua_chem or Jetajockey can clarify. There must be an imbalance somewhere in the tank, from too much light, to bad water quality. Try getting some fast growing plants like hornwort, hygrophilia, and some floating plants to suck up some extra nutrients. Also, try bumping up your PWC schedule to 2 times a week, and see if that helps
thanks mate,

it's a fine hair algae, mainly on my java fern. i'll add a picture in a few hours. i'm scared it will eventually start growing on my other plants but as yet it's mainly on the ferns. they are closest to the light and there is no co2 as yet (long story and stupid DIY not working). this is coming later this week.

the water parameters at last check were all fine (i'm at work now so can't quote them) but they were tested last night and were not horribly up high. PH is stable at 6.8-7 also.

i've been doing 40-50% water changes since i set up the tank, once a week. this has been for approx 3 weeks. i have added two guppies for a fish-in cycle but not until last week. they've been ok and haven't died at all nor shown signs of sickness or stress.

i've been using the seachem stuff (flourish comprehensive) twice weekly, dosing 1mL every week.

i'll pop a picture in later to see what else can be done
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Here are the pics!

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I know I shouldn't be using an airstone because of the foam that gets on it, but I bought a glass diffuser and am waiting for it to be delivered to the store.
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Ah so I finished making the mix but when I put the airline tube I think some water got in
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As I put the diffuser in I saw the water run up a bit but is this normal since it's in water and the tube that goes from the diffuser goes into the 16 oz bottle thats halfway filled with water?
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