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Discussion in 'Journals' started by Dennis Singh, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    short for syngonanthus domination

    I'm doing this journal because I love sharing my pictures and what better platform to do so than thebarrreport.
    This will mainly be a picture thread updated weekly or less.
    thanks for looking

    this is mainly a syn only tank but my collectoritis gets the better of me
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  2. Ritesh Varma

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    Looking good. Will be tuning in next week.
     
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    You have been hiding for a while!
     
  4. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    Thanks Ritesh, ill get back to u on the syns this afternoon

    Was playing hide n go seek, but realized there were no seekers!
     
  5. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    Nothing compares to the boom of growth in ada lines of soil ei. amazonia, malaya, africana
    and amazon lite. The main ingrediant for the booming first initial months is nh4 and possibly
    being the soil is clean too without all that new junk dirtying up the soil. I have nothing that
    compares to the initial months of growing booming plants with little maitenance and letting the
    soil do all the work. After the 1-2 month period you will find the cruise control less
    effective. MTS might produce the same results but i havent tried it long enough. Africana,
    Amazonia, Amazonia lite, Malaya (both malaya and africana have way less nutrients and
    different buffers) all give that initial burst of boom growth
    I had read online that waste in for nh4 will actually bind into the soil and for this
    reason and algae management through algae peckers i had chose to get fish. The fish i
    got were blue star endlers. They do peck here and there at algae but not to my expectations.
    Nearly not enough pecking as platys, and mollies whom mouths are designed for it and as well
    all day long they'd be grazing. But main reason why i did not choose platys or mollies is their
    waste size which i'd have to siphon because they unsightly
    To get the endlers i had to go from my old ways of blasting co2, usually a 10# tank would
    last me estimated 2-3 weeks. In lowering co2, I've been given such a break in refills
    Where I've lowered co2 tremendously, i got panda loaches and amano shrimp was a bust.
    Killed those off easily, but i do not blame the co2 this time, i blame my water chemistry
    of pure ro/di. My ideal fish in a planted tank would be dwarf puffers, but they don't
    go for algae at all. but those would be my ideal at looking at in any planted tank.
    Going back to nh4 binding with the soil (this may mean i need more fish) but the results
    i tried to replicate in getting booming growth just wasn't there. I mean i was still gettting
    growth, but not like the boom from a fresh batch of ada soil. I was hoping with the fishes
    doing their waste i could have ever lasting soil along with buffer. Doesn't seem that way
    the soil powders up, seems depleted, i will try to solve this before ever adding new soil back in
    as they're the only bags left that i have and i cannot buy more they discontinued the soil types.
    I'm getting growth no matter but i will try and replicate old soil growth to booming plants.
    The tank has been set up since May 2018 with some redos but always using the same soil of
    africana mix and malaya mix
    May 21, 2018
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    empty tank with Africana/Malaya soil
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  6. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    blue star endlers
    they just go all over the tank
    they do school when i'm scaring them and redoing the tank, to do genuinely keep in groups
    and you'll see the occasional algae pecking at plants, I average feeed about once a day
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    What happened to the tank? Did you reboot it?
     
  8. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    tank is still up and running, that empty tank picture is a past pic
     
  9. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    Tank progression pics
    5.7.2018
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    1.21.2019 changed to coralife bulbs
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    see the growth and as the tank progress-algae growth
     
  10. Dennis Singh

    Dennis Singh SynKing!

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    Some of us are just blessed with good tap water. I hate filling jugs and lugging them around. Back in the day I had a tank and all I did was top offs. There was no dosing, I didn't even have fertilizers. Tank was algae free. Some of our taps contain the good macros and such already, micros, and even algaecides. I think in these times everythings been way too overdone now, compared to the simplicity of back then. I mean I see some tanks using many many plugs just for one tank. Its excessive. Given I was mainly growing mosses back then, I did have other good common stuff that grew nicely. No, no syns back then for me.

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  11. Dennis Singh

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    I was sucking really hard at growing syngonanthus. I decided to setup my 20
    gallon long as my new syn tank as it would be easier to maintain (20g water changes over
    56g water changes). But i really screwed myself over. 24w x4 bulbs t5 over 20 gallon long.
    I figured high light and keep up on water changes that everything would be kush, but
    I was dead wrong. I do blame all my algae problems on the lighting. Co2 was injected through
    2 atomizers on timer. Lighting is 5 hrs a day. After a few weeks or so estimate, algae was always
    quick to appear, I've gotten myself into a hole. Co2 was high, but not blasted, which i usually
    do. The filter is hob aquaclear 30. I figure if i keep updating somehow my equipment that
    the algae will go away. On the way, a sun sun canister filter and x 2 beamswork dimmable leds.
    Currently i have a 2x24w t5 bulb on the tank for a week or two now, but algae just does not go
    away. Its engrained i suppose. Its really gonna be hard to eradicate, I don't really know
    what types I have but i do know i have a little bit of cyano, very little hair algae, bba
    my syngonanthus. So its all going to be rather tough to deal with. I like prevention
    first, my water changes are weekly, one day about 80%, and the very next day about 10-20%.
    The reason for switching tanks is that I'm filling ro jugs and its a real wear down on me.
    I thought that more water changes was the key to a healthy and successful syn tank. But still the
    algae is rampant. Since switching to 2x 24w t5s, there also has been melting of syngonanthus, I'm
    losing them left and right. It seems possible that the melt is a disease as it seems to affect
    others around it. I certainly gained the experience of fixing all this, but I just don't know.
    Oh btw, this is all new malaya soil as well. Usually all you need is the water changes and things
    are kush. Dosing? I've been overdosing macros, i have nilocg liquid ferts, and more than the
    recommended pumps of dosing, but staying to the recommended pumps of micros. That part doesn't
    even matter as I didn't start with dosing waiting for the package in the mail and I started with
    the rec. macro dosing, I just know there was deficiency as syns were whitish growth and that means
    its lack of macros. It was all lighting that started my problems, 2nd filter underdone, 3rd co2
    fluctuations in the beginning dialing in. I'm not blasting but sure its in excess, i'm pretty darn
    sure no fish would survive in this tank. GH, done with lowkeys GH booster. I just add a few drops or
    so randomly, play by ear, i'm usually good at playing things by ear. So seeking after that boom in growth
    with the new soil and high lighting, i messed up. Besides light, the planting was very dusty as well. Lost a lot
    of syngonanthus over the months, melting and all, but I'm back on track almost, the back on track photos
    will be posted in upcoming posts. For now, devestation pics.

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    I have a guess that blue lighting side of the spectrum causes more algae than the red side of the spectrum. This is just a guess.
     
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