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Old 08-21-2016, 06:59 PM   #1
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Bert's 30G Planted adventure.

So I've posted a thousand different posts over the last few months so I thought I'd just start up 1 thread to cover all bases. I've been a fish keeper for about 3 years now and have just got into planted tanks recently (plan on starting a second in the future).
This is how my tank started Click image for larger version

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And after first lot of plants
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The spec's for my setup are:

Makemyled lighting fixture with auto controller (can get upto 100par at substrate) currently running at 80% power.

Fluval 205 filter with custom made spray bar.(hopefully upgrading soon)

Did have DIY co2 using citric acid but have just upgraded to a 2.6kg bottle with a azoo regulator and an inline upAqua atomiser.

Fert dosing: currently following PPS Pro method to suit high light. Dosing 6x the recommended dose.(thinking about going to EI dosing instead.)

After 2 months the tank now looks like this: Click image for larger version

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Got rid of the white gravel as the algae took over and turned it green.

Still learning every day so I'll keep updating this post as I run into more dramas and how I go about fixing them etc

A pic of my 90g Oscar tank to finish off Click image for larger version

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Looking nice , another tank thread! Out of interest where did you source the leds from?
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Looking nice , another tank thread! Out of interest where did you source the leds from?

I got them off eBay. There made by a guy in Western Australia. Can't fault them so far. He will also make them to any size/wattage/colour you need.
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Looks really good! Kinda wanna do something like that in the future.

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Looks really good! Kinda wanna do something like that in the future.

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Thanks

Considering ditching the moss. Got it off eBay and was told it was algae free but it's been breeding BBA flat out. Has anyone else had this problem with moss? I've read so much info on BBA. People saying its flow, people saying its co2 others saying its a build up of organic's. I've been zapping it with excel but it killed 2 patches and more is growing. It's even started to spread so I'm a little concerned.

I guess I still need to find that balance. Maybe dim the lights crank the co2 and back off on the ferts abit.
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I like the moss. I understand that it can collect BBA as well. I have some DW branches that closer to the light source and BBA tends to grow there. No where else in my tank, just there.
If you remove the moss, place it in a corner or somewhere else down at the substrate level. Curious to see if it collect BBA with less light.


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I like the moss. I understand that it can collect BBA as well. I have some DW branches that closer to the light source and BBA tends to grow there. No where else in my tank, just there.
If you remove the moss, place it in a corner or somewhere else down at the substrate level. Curious to see if it collect BBA with less light.


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Very interesting. Well my moss is mid tank so the par would be well over 100 cause I've got 90-100 at substrate. I'm considering bleaching it but I'm not sure how that goes with the wood and I'm pretty sus on using bleach on anything in my tanks

I've got 2 small tufts of it at substrate level but that grows very very slow. Where as the moss grows fast than I can kill it


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I've had BBA in high light grow in low / high CO2 areas & low / high flow areas. Interestingly at substrate it grew on dark, volcanic pebbles but not on lighter coloured quartz gravel. Oh, and also grew on plants - the plants just grew faster than the BBA.

At lower light levels I get the occasional tuff on mainly driftwood that h2o2 takes care of.
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I've had BBA in high light grow in low / high CO2 areas & low / high flow areas. Interestingly at substrate it grew on dark, volcanic pebbles but not on lighter coloured quartz gravel. Oh, and also grew on plants - the plants just grew faster than the BBA.

At lower light levels I get the occasional tuff on mainly driftwood that h2o2 takes care of.

It's very interesting isn't it everyone recons it's this and that but it seems to sprout no matter what. Driftwood definitely gives it a good foot hold tho as I've read most people get it on wood. Once I crank the co2 I'll see what it does after a few more zaps and if it's not gone I'll have to look at some more angles

Moss is due for a trim so I'll try and cut most of it out if I can


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It's very interesting isn't it everyone recons it's this and that but it seems to sprout no matter what. Driftwood definitely gives it a good foot hold tho as I've read most people get it on wood. Once I crank the co2 I'll see what it does after a few more zaps and if it's not gone I'll have to look at some more angles

Moss is due for a trim so I'll try and cut most of it out if I can


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Lots of theories I guess if it was easy, farmers would be millionaires.

Glut I find will discourage so I continue to dose even with co2 injection.

I still believe light (or the imbalance from high light) is the largest driver for my tank. But I did come across an interesting thread that pointed out PAR will vary immensely from top to bottom of tank and plants must adapt to that. On new stem plant growth closest to light I never saw BBA. Always on lower leaves.
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