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Old 03-02-2016, 09:20 AM   #11
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That is exactly what my 40 looked like when I first set it up. I did water changes every few days and siphoned out as much of that crap as I could. I also used a toothbrush to help remove it. Keep doing what you are doing. The tank needs to balance. This stuff will go away. Keep the flow, CO2 and lighting going on the system. Just reduce the intensity of the lights and how long you have them on.
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I'm doing a 50% water change every week , I'm running the lights at the 9:00 to 3:00 mode. I haven't figured out the ferts and co2 is still on hold for the diffuser


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Someday I want it to look like your tank ziggy lol


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When you get the CO2 straightened out you are going to want to crank it up as high as the fish can tolerate. I have mine pretty high in my tank. Just do it slowly so you don't shock the fish.

More water changes and manual removal is my suggestion.
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The drop checker is looking like it has a green hue, would yellow indicated deathly levels of co2?


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The drop checker is looking like it has a green hue, would yellow indicated deathly levels of co2?


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green/yellow would indicate a higher saturation of CO2 in the water. Watch the behavior of your fish. They will let you know quickly if you have too much CO2 in the tank. They will be gasping at the surface of the water. I keep my drop checker slightly yellow with no issues but I also have a lot of pearling from plants so there is a good mix of O2 in the water as well.

As I said, raise the CO2 slowly and make sure you are around to monitor the fish.
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Will do, thanks for the input from everyone. I can't wait to see your New ADA build ziggy, I might have to change my scape when I move lol. I bought 3 nerite snails today and there is literally a 4x4 in pad of crystal clear glass. It's absolutely amazing. Diffuser is coming by Friday! Finally everything will be back to running. Do you test your iron and phosphates? With the pps pro, do you dose according to how much algae is forming?


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Will do, thanks for the input from everyone. I can't wait to see your New ADA build ziggy, I might have to change my scape when I move lol. I bought 3 nerite snails today and there is literally a 4x4 in pad of crystal clear glass. It's absolutely amazing. Diffuser is coming by Friday! Finally everything will be back to running. Do you test your iron and phosphates? With the pps pro, do you dose according to how much algae is forming?


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Not sure what you mean there. i dose based on calculations for my tank size/gallons. i have my dosing automated for the 40 and manual for the 54.
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With PPS Pro I dose at the prescribed rate of 1 mL per 10 gallons. The only difference is that in the macro mix I tripled the amount of phosphate. It resolved a green spot algae problem I had. I don't test for iron. I occasionally test phosphate.


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