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  1. schmath

    Question Brown Hair Algae

    Oh, also I lowered the water level down about an inch below the lid. (just because I didn't have enough treated water on hand to fill it completely.) I don't know if that made a difference, but the algae disappeared almost overnight after that water change, so maybe?
  2. schmath

    Question Brown Hair Algae

    Update: hair algae is mostly gone. I'm not sure what made the difference, but the changes I made were 1. I lowered my photoperiod to 4 hours/day, 2. I turned down the heat to 79, and 3. I started dosing .5ml thrive after each water change. Still lots of diatoms, but there are silicates in the...
  3. schmath

    Question Brown Hair Algae

    I've suspected my light was too strong for a while. It's a Finnex Stingray and is supposedly good for low/medium plants, but I think it's too much for my little tank. I should have gone with a light with a dimmer.
  4. schmath

    Question Brown Hair Algae

    Anyone know what I’m doing wrong to get this brown hair algae and why I have no nitrates? I have a low tech 5.5 gallon tank with 2 sponge filters and UNS Controsoil substrate planted with anacharis, pearl weed, and Anubias petite. I’ve have diatoms for the life of this tank (maybe a year?) I...
  5. schmath

    What's Your Most Useful Non-aquarium Tool (for Aquarium Use)?

    I love this colander. I lay it across my tank before I pour water in and it disperses the water like gentle rain instead of a heavy stream that kicks up debris and messes with the scape.
  6. schmath

    Eheim 250 Height Installed

    I'll look into all these. It seems like the Eheim Classic had the best reviews of everything I looked at, but maybe there's not enough difference to be worth the installation hassle. There's also a smaller classic 2211 that's shorter.
  7. schmath

    Eheim 250 Height Installed

    That's a good idea. There is an inch behind the drawer, but the tubes have valves that need to be reachable, so I don't know if I'd be able to reach them. Maybe I could just take out the drawer every time I need to get to them. I was hoping to fit an inline heater in there somehow too.
  8. schmath

    Eheim 250 Height Installed

    I'm in the market for a canister filter for my new 21 gallon long aquarium, but it has to fit in the little cupboard inside my dresser, which is 15.25 inches high. The Eheim Classic 250 is supposedly 14 inches tall, but is it taller once it is installed, with tubes coming out? Do the tubes need...
  9. schmath

    Question Anubias Leaves Yellow

    I just use the regular Thrive. My nitrates are at 5 and I dose .25 ml once per week in my 5.5 gallon tank. It's pretty lightly planted, so I didn't want to overdo it, but it sounds like .25 is too low. So maybe I should dose twice per week? It only gets 5 hours of light per day. I can increase...
  10. schmath

    Question Anubias Leaves Yellow

    I just use the regular Thrive. My nitrates are at 5 and I dose .25 ml once per week in my 5.5 gallon tank. It's pretty lightly planted, so I didn't want to overdo it, but it sounds like .25 is too low. So maybe I should dose twice per week? It only gets 5 hours of light per day. I can increase...
  11. schmath

    Question Anubias Leaves Yellow

    I’m using Thrive, but maybe not enough. I’ll try increasing it.
  12. schmath

    Question Anubias Leaves Yellow

    What does it mean if some of my anubias leaves are turning yellow, then brown, then dying? And my java ferns have black spots and black stems and are slowly dying off after growing baby java ferns?
  13. schmath

    20 Gallon Long Glass Rimless

    This is what I'd get
  14. schmath

    Brown Algae Vs Light?

    I picked up a little horned nerite to help clean the plants yesterday. He's so tiny though! Maybe I should have gotten more...
  15. schmath

    Brown Algae Vs Light?

    How many hours should I leave my aquarium light (finnex stingray) on? I'm getting brown algae all over everything the light touches, so I've backed off the light to 4 hours/day, but is that enough to sustain my java fern and anubias? I'm also dosing .25ml Thrive once a week and performing 1-2...
  16. schmath

    Do Nerites Eat Driftwood?

    Pretty sure. It's all brown, the same color as the driftwood. Eggs are white, right?
  17. schmath

    Do Nerites Eat Driftwood?

    I just cleaned my tank four days ago, and now my driftwood is covered in an astonishing amount of snail poop. I only have one snail. I have had a lot of brown algae lately, so maybe that's what he's eating? Or do Nerites eat driftwood?
  18. schmath

    Jleem's 5.5 Gallon Tanks

    The color might just be an illusion.
  19. schmath

    Jleem's 5.5 Gallon Tanks

    Maybe this one?
  20. schmath

    Jleem's 5.5 Gallon Tanks

    I haven't seen black, but some of them have greyish tubes. That's what I'd get if I could go back.




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