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  1. bass master

    Algae diatoms or something else?

    Its a little tough to be sure from the pictures but it looks like a mix of diatoms and green spot algae. Is the tank planted? If so what type of lights and ferts are you using? Knowing the start date of the tank as well as the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and phosphate levels would also be...
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    RCS CARE and Tank Setup

    Java moss should serve you well, RCS love it and it should work well in your lighting without too much maintenance. -Bass master
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    Interesting pH observation.

    Pretty much, when CO2 dissolves into water, it forms carbonic acid, lowering your pH. The pH does in fact swing although it does not affect fish as severely as other pH swings because most other water parameters are entirely unchanged. Other means of altering pH affect many more factors which...
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    Plant i have never seen anything like before!?!?

    Looks like typical bladderwort, a tenacious carnivorous plant that can often times hitchhike on new plants into your tank. It shouldn't pose any real problems to your tank as long as you don't mind the way it looks, although I will warn you it's very tough to get rid of. No matter how much of it...
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    Should I Use Co2 Tabs?

    Hi Raptor, I'm guessing you're talking about a product similar to these: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=244165475601912 From what I've heard these tabs can be somewhat unreliable and cannot maintain a consistent amount of CO2 in the water. Flourish Excel is a good alternative to CO2...
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    Need your advice on purchasing a light for my soon-to-be high light tank

    I believe that is the ballast+starter for your current fluorescent tube fixture. CFL bulbs have these provided and need nothing more than to be screwed into a standard light bulb socket. I've personally never seen a CFL bulb over 23 watts, but if you can find something higher I'm sure it would...
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    Need your advice on purchasing a light for my soon-to-be high light tank

    Yep, vertical will work fine too. There are a number of ways to wire them all together, an electrician at your local hardware store can probably demonstrate better than I can over the internet.
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    Fluorite Gravel

    I mixed it 50/50 (no top or bottom layer) with my gravel and have had decent results. It does not cloud up my water when I vacuum or move things around, but like Catsma said you really need to wash it extremely well before adding it to your tank. As far as it being worth its price, it's...
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    Need your advice on purchasing a light for my soon-to-be high light tank

    Bulbs designed specifically for growing plants are slightly more effective per watt as they have multiple phosphors to give a more complete spectrum of light, although bulbs from the hardware store will get the job done just fine. Slicing some slits in the top or back of your hood will let some...
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    Need your advice on purchasing a light for my soon-to-be high light tank

    Hi Henri, The T5, T8, T10 refers to the diameter of the fluorescent tube. The number after the "T" is the diameter in 1/8th inch increments so a T5 bulb would be 5/8th of an inch in diameter, T8 would be 1 inch in diameter, etc. T5's have the lowest diameter and the best lumen output per watt...
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    Question Can I use a pH test for CO2?

    daggone, never had the charts be that far off, good warning though!
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    Cory being harassed by my Bolivian Ram

    Theres a good chance your ram will harass other fish until they die or get sick. Really any fish is capable of killing other fish in an over crowded tank. Even with several of your fish being juvies, you're really pushing the limits of your tank. While aqadvisor.com is not a fully...
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    Question Can I use a pH test for CO2?

    KH/pH charts are useful for getting a rough estimate of co2 levels, but I wouldn't trust them any closer than plus/minus 10ppm. The charts assume carbonates are the only thing affecting pH, while there are actually quite a few other factors that have an effect. Personally I've never used...
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    Algae in new tank !

    With as much lighting as you have you will more than likely need CO2. Whenever there's an imbalance between lighting and CO2, algae will capitalize on the excess to outcompete your plants. DIY CO2 is a very cheap method of supplementing carbon with the right regiment. Flourish excel is another...
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    Algae in new tank !

    Hi fishermanspie, welcome to fishlore! Are you supplementing CO2 in any way? The most common cause of algae in planted tanks is a CO2 deficiency. The brownish algae sounds like diatoms, which are very common in newer tanks and should go away on its own after a few weeks as long as it doesn't...
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    Cory being harassed by my Bolivian Ram

    Hi Jbdub To me it sound like your tank is well overstocked and that is the cause of the aggression. You have a number of semi-aggressive fish competing for not enough space and have too many bottom feeders to share the small footprint of the tank. Your ram doesn't have enough room to call his...
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    29 gallon lighting question

    It's no trouble, we are here to help after all I can't say I'm 100% certain how your cover will handle the new light strip, although as long as it's glass or plexiglass it could more than likely take the heat. Whether or not it will fit over your current cover I have no idea though. I saw the...
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    29 gallon lighting question

    I didn't see the exact wattage of the fixture in the link but I'd assume if it's standard t5 it would carry 36 watts. That would be perfect for low light plants and wouldn't require any additional co2 or ferts. -Bass master
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    29 gallon lighting question

    Hi Nevets, I'd agree you'll want to up your lighting for the plants you've listed, you'll probably need at least 50w of light to meet your plants' needs. Unfortunately you will need to get a new fixture to do this though as a fluorescent lighting fixture designed for a 17w bulb will only be...
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    Ammonia/nitrites rising, advice?

    Fish are constantly excreting waste plus the decomposing matter caught in your gravel and filter will also contribute to ammonia build up. Levels might fluctuate as the bacteria come back into balance. Just keep up the water changes, monitoring, and prime/amquel+ treatment and things should go...




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