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Tank Sos - Poor Health

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by rjw, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. rjw

    rjw New Member

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    Hey, I've been going with this tank for about 10 months but seem to be struggling, what are my plants telling me and what are the next logical steps?

    Current set-up
    Maturity = 10 months+
    Tank = ADA 60-P, 60 liters
    Filter = Oase Biomaster 350 Thermo rated at 1100 lph (Flow is strong)
    Media = stock sponges, bio-media and activated carbon
    CO2 = measuring to ~25ppm with FE set-up and aqua rebell drop check, CO2 on 2 hours before lights
    Light = Twinstar 600S, dimmed to approx. 70% strength, 7 hour photoperiod
    Dosing = Tropica specialised, 2ml, 3 x a week
    Schedule = 1 x 50% weekly water change

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    Phishless Lifetime Member
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    The need for the activated carbon is?
    That's also very lite dosing.

    Algae issues or plant growth problems?
     
  3. rjw

    rjw New Member

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    I put it in to make the water crystal clear and it seems to work so I stuck with it.

    I will try and follow-up with some photos but I think overall slow growth / health issues which is generally letting algae take hold.
     
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    Photos now attached to original post.
     
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    Made a slight change-up,
    Photo of drop-checker after lights have been on for a bit.

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    Seems like high lighting.
    Any idea on PAR levels from that light?
    CO2 seems good.

    Any water tests like NO3 & PO4?
    GH & KH levels?
     
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    As Phishless said, would be good to know your PAR.

    That is a shallow tank, so it might be higher than you expect.

    And you are dosing 1/2 the recommend dosage of that fert. And who knows what is in it and at what level for each nutrient. Dry ferts let you control the amount of each.

    First thought for me would be too much light and not enough nutrients.

    All in all nice looking tank, and I hope you get it solved.
     
  8. Laurence Turner

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    I would second that, there are a few other questions.

    Have you done a pH profile, you need to get a consistent co2 level.
    Do you get the same color when your lights first come on?

    Another check would be to move the co2 checker to bottom left next to the monte carlo. And see if the co2 is getting to where its needed. Check you have good flow around the tank. Normally areas where crap builds up is also poor flow areas.

    If it was my tank I would drop the light period, add floating pond weed, and do big cleaning sessions followed by 70% water changes twice a week
     
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