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Old 03-20-2007, 08:53 PM   #21
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Wow, your setup looks awesome! That's how I want mine to look eventually. Just have to get rid of the pesky algae.

Even my snails have algae.


Setup pics (Don't mind the water spots. I haven't had time to clean the tank really well in a few weeks. This weekend if I have free time, which I doubt, I'm going to clean it up)

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #22
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How do you have no alge?
I just give it the evil eye

Seriously...thanks corster and fishyfanatic. It's a combination of reading and studying about plants, algae, ferts, and CO2, sharing info here, and hard work! You should have seen that tank a month after start-up...cyano heaven! Now I'm proud of it.

Anyway, fishyfanatic...your diffuser is similar to mine. It's just CO2 forced through a ceramic stone. The bubbles are very fine that come out. My diffuser is glass, yours is plastic, but the diffusion area is the same type of ceramic disk. I used to have that diffuser, the Red Sea one. It was just too hard for me to open up and clean (yes, I'm a weakling!) You could position the diffuser so that your powerhead grabs the bubbles and shoots them all over the tank.

That's a cute pic of your snails!
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:38 PM   #23
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This past weekend was the first time I cleaned it. Wow, it wasn't pretty inside. Easy to open for me but I had a lot of algae to clean out of it. I totally forgot that the top had a dial on it.

I have two powerheads that I bought a few months ago as a "just in case". I'm not exactly sure where to place it to distribute the CO2. On the back side of the tank next to it? I can't really see from the pic.
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:58 PM   #24
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How do you have no alge?
I just give it the evil eye

Seriously...thanks corster and fishyfanatic. It's a combination of reading and studying about plants, algae, ferts, and CO2, sharing info here, and hard work! You should have seen that tank a month after start-up...cyano heaven! Now I'm proud of it.

Anyway, fishyfanatic...your diffuser is similar to mine. It's just CO2 forced through a ceramic stone. The bubbles are very fine that come out. My diffuser is glass, yours is plastic, but the diffusion area is the same type of ceramic disk. I used to have that diffuser, the Red Sea one. It was just too hard for me to open up and clean (yes, I'm a weakling!) You could position the diffuser so that your powerhead grabs the bubbles and shoots them all over the tank.

That's a cute pic of your snails!
Ok... So how do you have no algae? Tell us the secret.
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It's finding the balance. I have diatoms, green spot, beard, and blue/green. I'm hoping that once this system equals itself out I won't have these issues. Even An t-iasg had issues to begin with, you just have to work them out. I'm giving the tank a big scrub down this weekend (sans soap and bleach of course). Hopefully I'll have some free time on Sunday to work on the tank during daylight hours.
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Simple: focus on growing the plants and you no longer focus on growing/killing the algae.

That's far from any secret, but folks do not follow directions on that issue or are not able for a number of reasons to do that.


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