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Old 08-13-2010, 11:27 PM   #11
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On the CO2 setup....you can make your own DIU setup super easy until you save up to get an injected system.

I use bakers yeast, sugar and baking soda set up with tubing and a lightfree 1liter bottle. I exchange the culture every three weeks to keep the CO2 steady and have not had any trouble with algae in my tanks. Costs less than $10 to set up. :0) If you tank is larger than 20g, you can set up a couple bottles with tubing to different parts of the tank. You can buy a couple of these diffusers to maximize the CO2 diffusion into your water.

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Problem is that is only effective in a smaller tank, this is a 75g.
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The recipe I use for the CO2 DIY setup is 1 cup of granulated sugar, a pinch of baking soda, and a teaspoon of bakers yeast. per 750 ml of water.

Add the sugar to room temp water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the baking soda, stir, add the yeast, stir. Connect all the tubing airtight and connect to the diffuser. Voila!

After a while you get a sense for how much to add and how long it lasts. This varies by temp, how much yeast, and how much food (sugar). CO2 is a product of the yeast respiration. Natural CO2 ! No high tech, but it will tie you over until you get a super duper high tech setup.

Cheap and easy to do. You can find numerous DIY instructions/options for the container. You can use any clean plastic bottle. Use normal aquarium airtubing to connect the bottle to the diffuser. You can use silicone sealant to seal the tubing to the bottle top.
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Problem is that is only effective in a smaller tank, this is a 75g.

Nah...my friend has an 80g and has 4 2L canisters set up for it. He changes the culture every two weeks. He is also saving for an injection system. He has a lovely planted tank and no algae probs. It must be a pain to keep up with, but you do what you must, right?
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Ya, this crap is all over the place. I will list my current stock below. My only question is how do i reduce lighting? Remove 1 of the bulbs? Dont tell me i bought this light and need a weaker 1? Cause if that is the case then i might have to start to save up for a Co2 system or maybe a sw even. Either way i do a 25% water change every time i do a water change. I am tired of this stuff.
Just reduce the duration a bit or you can remove 1 bulb. It's a trial and error thing. BBA sucks no doubt, but don't give up. Learn from it. It
is ugly, but every tank that I've seen it in has been pretty healthy. There's always bryopsis to look forward to.
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So what do you suggest? What you said before? Reduce lights, and a black out?
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I would. Not saying that I've had amazing luck at eliminating it lol, but it does seem to at least cut in down some.
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I found these articles very useful.

Nature Aquariums & Aquascapes of Samit Roy: Black Beard Algae

http://www.aquariumslife.com/algae-control/brushalga/
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Problem is that is only effective in a smaller tank, this is a 75g.
thats horse poo.


A guy in houston has a 5g DIY co2 set up on a 100g tank, he holds a constant 30ppm of Co2 in that tank, it can be done the size of the rig though increases with tank size.

SAE's worked for me on my hair algae issues, maybe "unnecessary" but they leave well enough alone and do whatever it is they do together. They have yet to remotely bother a discus pair on their eggs, rather they just graze.

Also Kai, try brewers yeast instead, it lasts alot longer then bakers does. Binny's might have it.
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thats horse poo.


A guy in houston has a 5g DIY co2 set up on a 100g tank, he holds a constant 30ppm of Co2 in that tank, it can be done the size of the rig though increases with tank size.

SAE's worked for me on my hair algae issues, maybe "unnecessary" but they leave well enough alone and do whatever it is they do together. They have yet to remotely bother a discus pair on their eggs, rather they just graze.

Also Kai, try brewers yeast instead, it lasts alot longer then bakers does. Binny's might have it.

Oh sweet. I will look for it. Thanks for the tip my friend
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