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Phishless 80G Journal

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Phishless, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Phishless

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    A few more observations:

    The 33G:
    Some of you may know I construct my own corner filters of Poret foam 2" thick.
    Used to clean these with glut, and then moved to bleach.
    Last time I cleaned, rinsed in hot water, squeezed out water and soaked in one quart of H2O2 for about 2 hours.

    Yeah I know, I kill all BB at every filter cleaning, who cares I'm almost phishless in these tanks.

    After moving to H2O2 for cleaning the foam all GHA has disappeared in the tank.
    I rinse the foam after the H2O2 and then dunk it in some water with Prime.

    The 80G:
    Also GHA, toothbrush twisty deal every two days.
    Now all gone but I did not clean the Poret foam with anything other than hot water.
    GHA ended when I finally got all of the old plant growth out of the tank.
    The ratty bottoms from plant purchases, the horizontal stems on a suction cup for 2 months.
    Once all new good growth was present all GHA is gone.

    This tank is also where my Cory's get fed.
    Seems that when a remnant of food gets lodged in the crotch of some stems clado appears soon after.
    This algae is easily removed if the clump is allowed to get a little size to it.

    The BBA Adventure:
    The holes of every spraybar in all 3 tanks will support tufts of BBA.
    Rake it off with a toothbrush and it sinks to the substrate and dies.

    It also appears on the oldest leaves of new transitioning Buce.
    Once enough has grown and the old growth is gone/trimmed the BBA is gone.

    GSA is found at times on the glass, not in large quantities, never on the plants.
    Maybe once a month to grab a good pic I quick clean with a wand type scraper.

    BGA seems to attack the very growth tip of certain species.
    No idea why and it is unexplained.
    While trimming I'll touch the tips of plants and a little blob of BGA falls off.

    Java Moss, Isn't it considered algae? :
    Only in my 75G, it shows it's ass on my driftwood like no other.
    Manual removal never works, something is always left behind.

    Moral of the Story:
    Am I battling algae, No.
    As most of us, I have it and live with it, but never focus on it.
    When plant quality improves algae is basically gone.

    Snails are dramatically on the decline too.
    Many empty shells litter the bottoms of the tanks.
    Good sign, less rotting plant matter for them to eat and numbers decline.

    No new pics today, I'm tired.
    Maybe trim a few things, that's a big maybe!
    75G cloudy water is clear but one more WC before I remove the UV but no RODI this eve.

    Night All:
     
  2. Phishless

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    Good Evening All:

    UV is a magical thing for sure! 75G is all cleared up but another WC is still in order.
    I'm learning to catch this before the green water begins.
    4 year old SafeTSorb is what I blame it on and my few and far between WC's
    Tank has had diatom algae for 4 years, it's getting old. Year one was good but now???
    The fact that it's a Platy farm does not help!

    Erio compressum arrived today.
    8 plants and some can be split.
    Grown as a marginal pond plant cleaning is a nightmare, all the dirt etc...
    Roots on some are 4" long, I'll be up late for sure.

    Night All:
     
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