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The hard life of planted tank in Lebanon beirut

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Briceboke, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Briceboke

    Briceboke Member

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    Hi guys,
    Long time no post,
    I made a rescape of my aquarium,
    Tell me what do you think.
    First picture before.
    Then after
    Have a great day

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  2. burr740

    burr740 Micros Spiller
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    That's looking very nice. Its come a long way!
     
  3. Briceboke

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    Yes no main issues.
    My only concern is the lack of Red on plants so I added a stronger t5 last week,
    Some green spot algae are coming...
    Any idea what should I do?

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  4. edelry.junior

    edelry.junior Plant Enthusiast
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    Hi Brice,

    As Burr said, your tank really has come a long way. That is good progress :)
    On the algae issues, I would suggest you keep the CO2 reasonably high and steady, and make sure the phosphate levels are high enough as well, dosing for PO4 could be around 3 ppm of PO4 per week, maybe higher depending on how much you already dose.
    With PO4 and CO2 out of the way, I would make sure everything is really clean. Clean all the filters, hoses, glass, remove bad leaves and also vacuum the substrate.
    If vacuuming is not possible because of plants/hardscape/other reasons, try using a turkey baster.

    When everything is really clean, it becomes much easier to avoid algae. Lowering the lights could be an option against GSA, but I am not of fan of this route.

    A more dramatic approach against algae in general, would be to dose Seachem Excel or Easy Life Easycarbo (2% Glutaraldehyde), at 1ml per 25l. At this concentration I never had issues with livestock.
    This has to be done carefully because, in my experience, your carpet plant (Riccia Fluitans) is not the biggest lover of it. I also have Riccia and had no issues with Seachem Excel, even when dosed at 1ml per 5l.
    Riccia is quite hardy but not the biggest fan of overdosed Excel/Glutaraldehyde. Also, this is much more effective against hair/brush algae, rather than against GSA.

    About the red color: remember it really depends on the plant, some ludwigias and alternantheras easily display good red colors, other plants are definitely trickier. Light plays a role, sure, but you can add a lot of light and the plants will still remain green/copper.

    In my experience, plants will color better when you have leaner nitrates levels in the water. How lean, well, just try it. I would expect to have decent colors with 15 - 20 ppm of NO3 dosed weekly. But this is something you have to see for yourself. Just watch the plants closely, and tweak slowly, allowing them time to adjust.
     
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  5. Briceboke

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    Thank you for the great reply,
    I am on it
     
  6. Briceboke

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    Do you know guys what is the name of these plants?

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