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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Gman, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Gman

    Gman New Member

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    Hello everyone. I am Tim and new to the hobby. I got my first tank Aug 2018.
    29 gal
    Planted with:
    Water wysteria about 15 stem
    3 small Crypto wendtii brown
    3 to 4 java fern
    3 to 4 hygrophilia I believe red stem green leaves.
    8 guppies with fry
    2 dwarf catfish
    Couple shrimp amano/orange
    5 Mystery snail
    4 Nerite/1 horned
    Malaysian snails many of them
    Subrate flurite sand mixture.
    My tap water runs:
    7.4 pH
    8 drop GH
    4 drop KH
    I have recently added 8 flourish tabs, also started flourish comp 2.4 ml and trace 1 1/2 cap full , alternating days. Plants were showing some nutrient deficiencies. It has been about 2 weeks now. Plants showing growth. I used the calculator on this site and it seemed to be high and I was worried about my snails.

    I run a finnex planted plus on max for 8 hours sometimes longer pending when I get home.
    I am having BBA issues assuming due to nutrient imbalance. I do 50 % water changes 1 to 2 times a week, trim up BBA on the bad leaves.
    Also noticed my pH drops to about 6.8 and seeing snail shell erosion so to try to maintain pH 7 to 7.2 I add seachem neutral regulator and alkaline buffer.
    I check all parameters with freshwater api kit and Gh/Kh but not calcium yet, I might now since snail shell erosion.
    Would anyone be able to advise me. Thanks,Tim.
     
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    Tim Harrison Lifetime Member
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    Welcome :)
    It might help to reduce you lighting period to 6hrs, and probably the light intensity as well. Maintaining a constant photoperiod day in day out is also important. It's often inconsistencies that favour algae over the plants you're trying to grow. For instance, most folk have their lighting on a timer; same length of photoperiod, same time every day.
    I wouldn't bother playing with your water parameters. Most hobby grade test kits are notoriously inaccurate and usually a complete waste of money. If you're worried about your snails just stick some limestone rocks in your tank or feed them with a food supplement that contains calcium.
    It's far more important to concentrate on good housekeeping, good and consistant CO2 flow and distribution (if you inject that is), and a consistant fertz dosing regime. Take a look at Articles section in particular this
     
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    Thanks that really helps, I was chasing parameters only because of my snails otherwise everything else seemed fine. Setting up co2 soon. When using the calculator recommended 6.9 ml flourish comp 2 to 4 times weekly and trace of 129 ml 2 to 4 times weekly. That seems awful high for trace or am I wrong in thinking so?
     
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