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Discussion in 'Journals' started by TheWizard, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. TheWizard

    TheWizard New Member

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    This will be a journal for me to keep track of my 60g High Tech. Today I switched to 50% Hortilux T5s to boost up red spectrum in attempt to reduce algae (better overall spectrum, less green light, less intensity), and increase plant redness. Going from cheapo "6500k"T5s to the Hortilux has definitely changed tanks appearance, which I expected. We'll see how things go over time. Current fish stock

    Striped Danio - 3
    Corydoras-6
    Pictus cat
    Betta
    Tiger Barb - 4
    Rosy Barb - 4
    Long Fin Tetra - 4
    Red Tail Shark - 3
    Glo Tetra - 2


    Plant stock

    Water Wisteria
    Ludwigia Repens Rubin (not currently very red)
    Hygrophila Polysperma Sunset (currently green)
    Creeping Jenny (moneywort)
    Amazon Sword
    Madagascar Lace
    Flame Moss

    Plan to add more plant variety (and possible take away some)

    Current goal? Stop GDA and BBA from settling on older leaves.

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    Forgot to add. ADA Aquasoil, and EI dosing Thrive+, current plan is to convert to dry ferts to attempt to limit nitrates and really crank up the reds, but that's after I figure this algae out.

    2 hours in and the plants are pearling harder than yesterday (water change day) so I'm almost positive this is a step in the right direction, even though it's visibly dimmer to the eye, but that's because my eyes won't perceive the red and blue as brightness. Current lights are Hortilux PowerVeg, 1 FS+UV and a 633nm. If algae comes under control I'll add a 660nm and another FS+UV. If it doesn't, I'll solidify my red with the 660nm and leave 1 FS+UV in for blue, and if I feel like viewing the tank. In the future I'd like to have a Giesemann T5 setup to compare brightness and growth.
     
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    ADA Amazonia Light*
     
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    You really don't have any plants that need as much light.
    How are you adding CO2. Do you know your PH levels with and without CO2?
     
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    Without CO2 it comes up to 6.8, after co2, I'm not sure if the final drop. Injecting it into a Cerges reactor.
     
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    Try and get a measure so you can calculate your drop and know how much CO2.
    Your aim should be to get to 5.8, even better 5.6.
    Let's make sure your CO2 is right. And also like I said you might have too much light, reducing or raising the lights is another thing I would do to get control over the algae.
     
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    It definitely drops that far. I just wanna test for sure. I recently dropped down to 2 lights, and rose them 6" and that seemed to slow the algae. The switch to a better spectrum has definitely helped.
     
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    Growth has definitely sped up. The Hygrophila has grown probably 6" so I trimmed it before the pic. Excited to see if algae stays away.

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    Added several different plant species today, and took out my Wisteria (tired of it). So far with reduced lighting, and the Hortilux PowerVeg FS+UV and 633nm bulb are doing very well, and I've seen a reduction in BBA. It has died off the rock. To the right of the drift wood almost completely.

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    Also, let the GDA on glass go for over 2 weeks based on what I've read, and wiped it away with clean towels. Hopefully that has come to an end as well. Fingers crossed.
     
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