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  • #46
    Temporary solution to avoid algae growth (BGA and black algae). Aquarium is exposed to intense daylight by 3 front door-windows. Algae tend to grow there over time giving a bad look. Sadely, I don't like to change its place. I didn't find time to put a decorative band I have prepared, but should do it in 2 weeks as I have holidays.

    Also, the filter inlet broke and leaked a few days ago and I had to replace it with that ugly green tubing. I will replace the inlet with a new intake soon
    Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
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    Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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    • #47
      Originally posted by jonny_ftm View Post
      Temporary solution to avoid algae growth (BGA and black algae). Aquarium is exposed to intense daylight by 3 front door-windows.
      Hmm, pretty much like mine but my tank will get sunlight reflected by floor tiles indirectly and only some part of tank get that reflected light and also just for about half an hour or so at the morning between 07-08am. It that related to my BGA and BBA issues somehow? Interesting...

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      • #48
        Aquarium can be exposed to daylight or sun, but you must account for it in the light period:
        - turn on the lights during the daylight period
        - cover the aquarium during the day period to turn on lights when you like.
        - change aquarium position to avoid any daylight

        If you don't account for daylight intensity, you'll have same issues as when you have very high light or very long light periods. Also, if you chose option 1, you have to adapt your CO2 and dosing accordingly

        As for the substrate algae, I have no solution to this except covering the substrate or putting tank away from light. On the long turm, organic dust forms between substrate and glass ---> BGA and BBA

        One solution is to siphone regularely there, but with organic substrate it is not possible
        Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
        >>Follow it here<<

        Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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        • #49
          Another possible option would be to just turn off the lights during the times when the sunlight is bright or hits the tank. Saves $$$ too since you won't use electricity during that time. Admittedly at 11W or so we're not talking megasavings. Still, it may deal with the algae problem simply enough.

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          S

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          • #50
            The problem is in the cumulative light period if you do that. Say I like my tank having light from midday to 8pm at least (8h total period). My daylight is intense since 8am. If I keep tank exposed to daylight + my light period ---> 12h light period (8am to 12pm daylight + 12pm to 8pm PCL), not good for my needs in growth/CO2 use. If I still want my 8h period, I'll have to turn off lights at 4pm to have a total of 8h exposition. However, in summer here, daylight is intense till 8pm, so it won't work for me either.

            Add to all this, changing artificial light period won't solve the issue of the exposition of organic substrate to daylight, which will cause algae on the substrate. No functional issues, but ugly to look at such a substaret visible layer. Usually, algae growing there are BBA as low CO2 is in substrate and they don't need much light at all to grow. In organic substrate I also noted BGA issues, which is a bigger problem as they tend to extend in water. Since I covered the substrate no more issues.

            On my 60 gal, placed in a dark part, i don't have those issues.
            Last edited by jonny_ftm; 04-09-2010, 05:02 PM.
            Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
            >>Follow it here<<

            Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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            • #51
              Well well...I should have cover mine too. Thanks.

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              • #52
                Hi,

                Here's how it is going now, 7 months after immersion. High CO2, low light and low maintenance really. WC every week, 50% that takes 15mn total because of volume. No syphoning at all (low fish load, many shrimps an snails to do the work for me). Trimming every 4-6 weeks. Glass was never cleaned in 7 months, crystal clear !!!

                Note: I changed my digital camera, so photos quality changed (Only retouching is white balance corrected in raw mode, resize and crop)

                Before trimming



















                After trimming it:





                Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
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                Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                • #53
                  hairgrass and that christmass moss (or some moss) really take the focus in the tank, super looking tank i want to be a shrimp in that tank
                  Goldfish Planted Tank and Killifish Planted tank

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by anshuman View Post
                    hairgrass and that christmass moss (or some moss) really take the focus in the tank, super looking tank i want to be a shrimp in that tank
                    Many thanks for your comments. The moss is Weeping moss. I found it slower growing and better sticking to wood than Christmass in my tank, so removed all the Christmass. Hair grass on the left is riccia carpet, on the right Glosso doing fine in extreme low light. I'll try to post closeups of Anubia leafs. No spots at all after 7 months of immersion. They were never trimmed
                    Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
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                    Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                    • #55
                      Before I move house, on 31 july, I trimmed the Eleocharis



                      CO2 reduced to 12 bpm from 48 bpm
                      WC to 10% from 60% /week
                      No more macro
                      TPN 1ml /week

                      After 3 weeks (Riccia was completely rescaped under a net and the growth you see is after 10 days):





                      Still enough pearling
                      Some anubia in the dark part you see under the moss (black zone in picture, so dark) melted: too low ligh with low CO2 as Tom suggested
                      Last edited by jonny_ftm; 09-04-2010, 10:14 PM.
                      Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
                      >>Follow it here<<

                      Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                      • #56
                        still looking gorgeous. thanks for updating this .
                        Goldfish Planted Tank and Killifish Planted tank

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                        • #57
                          Thanks,
                          DSM with organic soil seems to help a lot

                          Just made a mistake: 12 bpm and not 6, I count in 30 secs :-)
                          Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
                          >>Follow it here<<

                          Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                          • #58
                            So, are you permanently suspending the use of macros in this tank? Is it presumed that fish/rimp waste is sufficient?

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                            • #59
                              Yep, no more macro at all
                              But, I do monitor my NO3 and PO4 with a calibrated kit. Shrimps feeding is supposed to give the needed macro, but soil should provide the most of it in my case

                              Micro is really dosed in a very very smooth way: 1ml/week TPN only

                              10% WC also should help
                              The very low CO2 dosing seems to work greatly for now. Only the Rotala Wallichii didn't do it

                              The glosso seems to prefer this low CO2 / low macro setup, it is really doing fine. On the front right part, I removed the glosso (too much trimming and I will add some more C. Parvula to make it denser

                              Here's how it is growing:

                              Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
                              >>Follow it here<<

                              Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                              • #60
                                Pretty nano

                                regards,
                                dutchy
                                regards,
                                dutchy.

                                My 2011, 2012 and 2013 AGA aquascaping contest entries:
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