Thanks very much for the images. I'm no expert yet, but I'm going to suggest that this is actually a form of Black Brush Algae (BBA), which can often appear reddish. In the course of my research for the blog I will try to find a definitive answer to this one for you, but BBA would be...
From January I'm going to start blogging about algae in the planted aquarium, but could really do with some images. If you have any algae images that you'd be happy for me to use, I would be really grateful if you could DM them to me. I will of course credit you on the photo (if you...
Thanks again for the time you've given me here. Its really appreciated. I should have quantified - prefilter only, every two weeks. Not the whole lot.
You've inspired me to keep going. Just ordered some Ceratopteris so will implement the changes you've suggested and see how I...
Many thanks for the comprehensive response - I appreciate it.
The thinking behind adding the Koralia was in part to try to flush out some of the detritus, the thinking being that if I can do that AND ensure CO2 is reaching the plants, it might help.
My drop checker is typically...
Thank you for this. When you say 'sterilise', what do you mean exactly? I can't afford to replace the Tropica substrate - do you think that would be a problem? I had a really high plant biomass to start with (first photo in the video), so perhaps ordering the same again would be...
I need your help. I set up a new planted tank in early December. It started off perfectly, but has declined over the last couple of months to a mess. I've had planted tanks for years and this is the toughest ride I have ever had. I've made a video to help illustrate where I currently...
Having read this thread, I just did my own three day black-out (Saturday morning, all day Sunday, all day Monday and into Tuesday evening). There is now not a trace of cyanobacteria - its like it was never there. I will now be doing a 50% water change as that dead algae will be in the water...
As a stand-alone character, or when used as part of a place or family name, it is actually read as 'yama'. The reading 'san' is only used when the character is used as a suffix, such as Fuji-san.
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CO2 - a far better option than SodaStream
For years I only had SodaStream CO2 and this was costing me a small fortune. Having stripped my tank down in preparation for this rebuild, I took the time to investigate other options and happened upon this company and this CO2 in particular - adamsgas...
So, this is my latest aquascape and one that has taken 10 years to get to!
On my recent 10 year work anniversary, my company gave me £500 to spend on anything I like, so I took the opportunity to indulge my hobby a little. I spent £300 on the two Kessil A80 Tuna Sun LED lights, ADA substrate...
Thanks for all the replies. I'm not looking at the TMC GroBeams and Dennerle Refillable CO2 units on Aqua Essentials (looks like the latter needs a separate solenoid, but I've emailed Richard to confirm).
Anyone have any opinions on either of these?
I have been given £500 to spend (long service award at work) and would like to upgrade my CO2 (complete new set-up) and upgrade from a cheap T5 unit to an LED lighting unit.
I've been looking at the TGM complete CO2 kit and the ADA Aquasky 601both at The Green Machine.
Hmm - well it got worse before it got better. I ended up doing a complete escape in the end. Just needed it.
Happy with the results and not a diatom in sight. A bit of BBA on the unmoveable rocks that I need to clean somehow, but otherwise very happy.
I learned not to start a new...
I re-scaped my tank three weeks ago and planted one pot of Tropica S. Repens. It gradually yellowed and melted. The stems have now completely disintegrated and the only thing left is the roots.
The tips of my C. helferi have also started to brown as well.
Oddly, Blyxz japonica...
I am hugely inspired by this tank but was wondering how best to organise the flow in this tank? The natural flow of the wood and plants is right to left, so the direction of water movement would need to reflect this.
I'm thinking filter outlet front right to filter inlet back right. Is that...
Fantastic - many thanks both. Just spent a fascinating half an hour with Dennis Wong on YouTube - just found this as well. Both well worth watching for anyone struggling like I am..
Time to find a pH meter..
Thanks again. Videos like these are so motivating. I need to watch more, more often...
OK, so my MC is growing fairly healthily - nice green leaves, is not straggly (internodal length is reasonably short) but its growing vertically and refuses to lie down.
I have 24W over an 81l tank - used to have 48W but things are growing much better since reducing the light. Injected CO2 via...
Thanks Martin - good to hear from you.
What's the thinking behind this? Why wouldn't I improve the CO2 distribution to maximise the light I have available? Would 24w allow me to achieve the healthy carpet growth I am looking for?
This is just a question - I'm just trying to understand things...
I need your help. My tank is not happy.. plants are just existing and really thriving. I'm convinced this is down to CO2 distribution and want to sort it out once and for all.
A few specs for you:
Tank: TMC Signature 60cm x 45cm x 30cm (81l)
Filter: Eheim Professionel III (50%...
Thanks everyone - the advice is much appreciated.
I did a really big clean-out of everything last week and things seem to be getting better. The filter was *filthy* - the colour of the stuff coming out of it was incredible... The diatoms are creeping back in, but far less than before. Anyone...
I currently have an outbreak of long diatom synedra and reading about it a couple of other sites recommend using some form of silicate removing compound in the filter.
Can anyone recommend such a thing? or any other method of overcoming this horrible brown algae?
Will Amanos and...
Thanks Ian and Xim,
This is really useful. Its definitely that synedra. I'll do some more research into causes/solutions. Its odd, I've had tanks for almost 20 years and never even seen this before. My last two sets ups have had it. I think my filter might need a good clean, to try and rid the...
I've never really had algae problems before but this is a new set up and I cannot work out what is causing this.
This is an 81l Signature. I have an Eheim Pro III giving me 10x turnover per hour (reduced media content), EI ferts and CO2 at around 30ppm. I don't have any livestock in...
So, at long last, I've been able to set up my 60x45x30 TMC signature. I've had to acquire everything I've needed for it over the last three years or so, upgrading my kit from a standard 60x30x30 that I've had for quite some time.
This is a high-tech tank and I am experimenting...
Just a quick reply - the clover-shaped leaves of your Marsilea are the emmersed form. The plant has been grown out of water to date. Those leaves will die off unfortunately and the submerged leaf type will grow through. It's entirely different sadly.
Another tip - get your CO2 on a couple of...
I've successfully kept and bred red cherry shrimps for years and I've read about largely unexplained mass die-offs before, but its now happening to me..
I'm losing about 10 shrimps a night at the moment but just a moment ago, found one in the final throes of death. On closer inspection, I...
I'd recommend H. verticillata as well. About 10 years ago, I had a mixed carpet of glosso, H. verticillata and dwarf hair grass. Was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
I'm setting up a new scape at the end of this month that will include HV in a mixed carpet. It does put out...
Looks great, Troi. Really vibrant growth. What is the narrow-bladed plant to the left of the centre, diagonally down from the HP on the second of the two pics above? The mid-height plant with ever so slightly darker green leaves. Thanks.
It might be worth getting an internal drop checker and checking the CO2 levels in those bottom reaches of the tank, just to rule that out. Something is not reaching those lowest plants - could be the light, could be the CO2.
I hope somebody's advice here helps you crack this :)
This looks good so far.
One thing I noticed though (and I'm reading it on a phone...) is that your drop checker appears to be blue or dark green in most pictures. This might suggest your CO2 levels are not high enough or being distributed evenly. Ideally, you'd want that to be light green...
Welcome back, Ady - good to see you on here again.
Tank looks great. I've always wondered though, how hard is it to keep a tank like that algae-free. What's the technique?
Some Cyperus helferi or similar blowing in the current around the wood would look amazing - looking forward to the plants...
I have SodaStream on my 54l and it lasts me about a month. A replacement canister is £7.99 from Robert Dyas.
I like the compactness of the set up, and use the CO2 Art adapter which is very good - far better than the CO2 Supermarket option I started with, which often leaked whilst...
Can I suggest you read through some of the threads on the El Natural Low Tech section of this forum as that is what you appear to be running.
I think you're possibly a little bit confused about which branch of planted tank-keeping you're pursuing; you have a CO2 drop-checker in...
Love fissidens. Will be interested to see how it does in darker water - mine has always seemed to need the clearest, most sparkling water I could give it.
This is going to look great in a couple of months' time.
Agree on the above comments.
I'd also add that you've got those two golden coloured pieces 'crawling' over the substrate and the other piece bolt upright almost like horns or antlers. There's nothing in between. That looks a bit unnatural and harsh on the eyes.
Hope that makes sense. I'd want...
I think it will be ok if your planting is similarly dramatic. I'd want to see something really quite striking to detract slightly from the sand.
I agree - plant heavier on one side. For me personally that would be the left.
The first one looks like Alternanthera rosaefolia to me and the second is Hydrocotyle verticillata.
I can't really make out the third one (looks interesting though) - hope someone else can..
cheersPS - I'd trim 2-4 leaves off the bottom of each of those Alternanthera stems if I were you...
Good to know. Thanks Alastair. Sounds like there's no harm in having it in there (other than perhaps another thing to affect flow of course).
This will be in a Signature 600, so should be effective. Will give it a shot.
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
Am still trying to understand whether Purigen is counter-productive in a high-tech EI tank. Can anyone give me a bit more clarity (;)) on this?
Also, do people use it in their filters permanently, or just when they are trying to achieve a specific aim, i.e. increased water...
Just revisiting this as I'm going to be doing something similar myself (it would appear...!) and stumbled across this website that should keep every perfectionist on this forum happy ;) http://www.bpfonline.co.uk/search.asp?catid=3968
I've just bought a 600 x 450 x 300 TMC Signature and will be using gUSH glass lilies on it.
I'm not concerned about flow rate, more flow direction and specifically the best positions for the inlet and outlet pipes.
I cannot get the pipework on the sides of the tank without cutting...
Congratulations to everyone who received their letters and good luck to everyone still to get theirs. I hope to be in the contest next year too.
Roughly translated, Iain, your letter says:
[International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest 2014] Results
Thank you for taking part in...
Great stuff, mate. Resist the urge to put anything on those rocks!
Looking forward to seeing this when the HC is full grown in. If you have the urge to buy some new plants, you could punctuate the HC with some hair grass or marsilea or something - would look awesome.
A really good tip I read about Staurogyne is to cut it so you only have four leaves or so left at the top. The whole plant should then be about 2cm tall. Remove the bottom two of those four leaves giving you a good stem to plant into the substrate. The plant will then grow strong and healthily...
Thanks all. Those new CO2 Art adapters look much better. Will check compatibility with my reg in the morning and might buy one tomorrow. Will post a review when I do. Thanks for the advice.
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I'm on SodaStream as well and am in exactly the same position. My canisters last me about a month. The problem I find is that they often leak when I'm putting a new canister in, despite changing the o-ring every single time for diligence. This makes me a bag of nerves each time I change them...
Just in case anyone missed this - available now on iPlayer. Definitely worth watching - we don't get many programmes on TV!
BBC iPlayer - Amazon Abyss: Episode 7
A one hour documentary on the fish and other wildlife of the Amazon. Some cool images and an insight into the natural habitats. We...
I thought I'd post a few pictures from a trip to the Moss Temple just outside Kyoto, Japan. Known as Kokedera in Japanese, its invitation-only so few tourists get to see it. The name of the temple building itself is Saiho-ji. I thought these might serve as inspiration for a few...
It would work better on the inlet tube, so the bubbles are rising into oncoming water and being forced down into the filter against the natural upward direction of travel. Just thinking
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I've never used them Jordi, but the design make total sense to me. I think you'll be luck to get 100% diffusion with any system and would expect you to still get bubbles coming out of the outflow even with this one. I like the design and the further you can make the bubbles travel in the water...
Just got home off mine as well. Love it, love it, love it.
Its running like a dream at the moment as well - could've kept going this evening!
Looking forward to the long summer evenings - its the ultimate freedom. :)
Can anyone share the secret to lush green Fissidens fontanus with me? I've grown it a few times and although it grows, it always seems a bit dark and almost grey.
How do you achieve beautiful green growth like this?
Just looking into some gUSH glassware - can anyone tell me the differences between the OPipe and the OBubble? Why would one buy one over the other?
17mm Outflow - gUSH Lily Pipes - Aquarium Glassware - Tools & Glassware
Also, anything to consider when buying inlet glassware?
Personally I think the last one is the best, but I would be tempted to move the back left one in a little.
Before that however, I think you need to sort the substrate out as the lack of definition in it is detracting from the definition you're trying to achieve with the rocks. Have a...
I agree with trevor. If youre a perfectionist and have a project already in mind, then settling for a smaller tank is surely the bigger compromise. Get your water crystal clear and the difference in glass (if any) will be impossibly minimal. Just don't by an ADA tank next if you go for an...
Yes, I've tried it without the media in there and there is no difference. I've taken a video, which if I can work out how to post, will show you a little later.
Thanks for your help with this.