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    Easycarbo and Algae

    Ok ....the BBA is starting to go lighter in colour and some bits are going pink so the easy carbo is working :thumbup: A lack of water changes and not enough filter maintenance is the cause in my case , so its my own fault :oops:
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    Algae and java moss won't grow

    Re: Algae and java moss won't grow Looking better :thumbup: I,ve had a nightmare with BBA Twice :cry: Mines just a noddy none co 2 set up with vallis and java moss , the moss grows like stink but the vallis seems to be melting . Anyway , when the BBA has appeared i,ve lacked water...
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    Easycarbo and Algae

    Same here , the easy carbo seems cack in comparision to excell its not touched the BBA this time the excell nuked the lot in 2-3 days. Waste of money for me .
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    Hair Algae - How Much Liquid Carbon

    Did it work mate at the dose you used ?
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    Armed (with Excel) and dangerous...

    I bought some and the BBA went red in 2 days and its been BBA free since , untill 3 weeks ago (havn,t maintained the tank as often as i should have ) but will be doing more water changes etc now . Anyway this excell stuff was not in stock at the LFS so bought the easy carbo ?? Is this as good...
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    growing algae for otos

    I,ve got 5 ottos in a fluval edge which don,t touch the algae on the glass or the Bog wood but eat away on cucumber all the time . No idea why the, batch in the main tank won,t touch cucumber but just scrounge around "looking for algae" I,m going to swap them over at the weekend to see what...
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    Random shrimp deaths in mature tank

    This is just a guess / thought, but isn,t the ph very low at 6.1 Mike ? we live near each other and both have ultra soft water . My kh is just about 1 from the tap and ph is 7 ish . I,ve only had mine a few months but they seem to be doing ok touch wood .
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    Assasin snails with red cherry shrimp

    I,m very lucky i have a source of common pond snails in my indoor qt tank , i,ve got hundreds of them so i can put plenty in there for them to hunt down :thumbup: My own newbie thoughts were that they would have to be very hungry to try and catch / eat a shrimp . It looks like i will just...
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    Assasin snails with red cherry shrimp

    Thanks guys It seems some have no trouble and others have lost shrimp :cry: Not sure what to do now , nones gone in the night but they have only gone in there yesterday !
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    Assasin snails with red cherry shrimp

    Hi all An internet search reveals conflicting advice....i have moved my assasins in with 30 RCS in a 23 ltr tank (7 of) Do they eat shrimp or not ? The assasins are well fed on live pond snails and were growing well in the bigger tank but i,ve just added clown loaches and i,m pretty sure they...
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    Is IT just me ???

    I,ve put it back how it was this morning . I might try a few more plants to see if i can improve things .
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    Is IT just me ???

    , I get a tank looking right , it looks spot :thumbup: :D .......3 weeks later i piss about with it , alwaya have done , moveing wood etc , it looks better now :D .....only to mess again in a couple of weeks , never satisfied ! Is this the aquascapeing bug or do i need to see a life style...
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    Easy plants for a fluval edge 23 ltrs please..

    Thanks mate , i will google them to see what they are , i,m a plant numptie unless its swords or vallis i,m clueless .
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    Easy plants for a fluval edge 23 ltrs please..

    Hi all Any suggestions for some easy to grow plants for a fluval edge ? I don,t really want java moss in this one but might go with it . Its just for red cherry shrimps and a few hardy plants for the back to hide the heater would be nice . Any pics suggestions would be great . Its the LED...
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    Killing algae without using easy carbon????

    .lol...thats true :D I,m up North and its not stopped raining all day !
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    Killing algae without using easy carbon????

    I,ve used a jet washer in the past , it worked really well on the wood in particular as it takes a small layer off aswell so comeing back
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    Advice please.....

    Haveing beat the Algae (touch wood) the only problem in my tank now is the amount of fines (floating bits) in the water . Gravel is hoovered twice a week , filter cleaned the same and 2 x 30 % water changes . Haveing 4 clown plecs in there don,t help i think as they create some mess with...
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    Juwel 180, Long'ish Brown Aglae Threads. Inc Photos

    Hi mate Hope you get it sorted mate its a pain i had the same . I,m low tech and just have vallis and java moss . I,m new to the plants in tanks and had a problem with the same type of algae as you . No co2. I just did a 40 % water change , dosed with excell and in 2 days the algae went...
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    Thread algae ...

    Thanks mate i will follow your advice . Its funny how things change over the years , i,ve kept tropicals for over 20 years but never really been a planted tank guy .... years ago the books (before the internet) used to advise keeping the lights on longer for the plants to out "compete " the...
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    "Moss Mountain"

    That looks amazing :thumbup: I,m thinking of moveing my shrimps into a separate tank .
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    Thread algae ...

    Thanks for the great info guys , very helpfull :thumbup: :D Do you think i should leave the lights on slightly longer now ? I know its just going to be trial and error , but all i want is vallis at the back and a few amazon swords plus jave moss on the sumatra wood which extends to the...
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    Ed's Rio 180

    Really enjoyed reading this ED :D There is much more to you than your vast knowledge on koi which was where i first met you at koi uk :D Hows the tank doing now mate ?
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    sparkling gourami's and shrimp?

    Mine were only £4.00 a pair or £2.50 each , the shrimp hunting monsters !
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    sparkling gourami's and shrimp?

    There utter pants ! They spend all day looking at the larger shrimps and looking for shrimplets in the java moss :thumbdown: They seem to scare the bigger ones and they dart off :( They will be bagged up and taken to the LFS over the weekend .
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    Thread algae ...

    Hi all So i don,t hi jack the other guys thread any more (sorry :oops: ) i just thought i would share my use of the seache excel.... I read about the excel stuff on here so gave it a go . The tank was set up for about 6 weeks , plants were growing great and i added some jave moss off fleabay...
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    Green thread algae

    Thank mate :D Now the room lights are off and just the tank lights on i can see its dieing off :thumbup: I was very sceptical about it working to be honest (sorry guys :oops: ) but its worked wonders . I,m going to re plant New swords and do more regular water changes / filter cleans...
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    Green thread algae

    I,ve been doseing with excell for just three days and the green thread algae is now looking rusty red in colour so fingers crossed its working ?
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    Interpet anti hair algae ...

    Just a reduction of hair algae would do :D I,ve had it before but not as bad as this i, doing the large water changes , excell doseing , reduction in light etc but its really pissing me off as my low tech tank looked great till this started :(
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    Interpet anti hair algae ...

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Interpet-Anti ... 33696072d1 Anyone tried it , any comments ?
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    sparkling gourami's and shrimp?

    Just bought 2 of these as the LFS said they were fine with shrimps , if there not they will be getting bagged up and off loaded !
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    BBA and organic waste

    Great result :thumbup: I feel more confident in tackling mine now , water changes start tommorow :D
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    Armed (with Excel) and dangerous...

    Thanks mate :thumbup:
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    Green thread algae

    Hi mate ... Is this a total black out (newbie question ..lol.) as in cover the front glass aswell or just no tank lights ? Thanks
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    Green thread algae

    Hi guys I,ve just dumped 4 large swords as they were getting covered in black / green hair algae . Its getting worse . I,ve cleaned the filters , will do a few decent water changes over the next few days .... my tank is 240 ltrs no co 02 and now just loads of valliss at the back and 9 clumps...
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    Armed (with Excel) and dangerous...

    Anyone got a link to this excell please :)
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    how much light please .

    Bump ! I,ve reduced lighting to 6 hours but still getting hair algae and considering dumping all the plants which is ashame as it looked the mutts nuts
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    Green thread algae

    I,m sure mine came in with some java moss i bought off ebay .....its now spreading to the amazon swords :(
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    Green thread algae

    Is it any better now mate ? Mines just in the moss , not much but it is annoying . More filter cleans and water changes plus less light in my low tech tank has helped (i think) I know you already no this but just wondering how you have got on :D
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    Algae problems, cause, effect and removal.

    Thanks fella for the post i,m haveing issueing . Is 6 hours light all that is needed on a planted tank ? Mines a fluval roma 240 l twin lights low tech jobbie . Good plant growth etc just hair algae annoying me :x
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    Black thread algae

    Thanks guys.....i think i need to keep on top of filter maintenance then , more water changes , more fert and a little less light ?
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    Black thread algae

    Getting some black algae in the java moss , it looks just green thread algae but its black ? Its easy enough to shift but more wondering if anyone has had it before , its not bba This is it .... http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/algae-c ... -algae.php
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    Plants , bogwood , java moss and plecs..

    Thanks guys I appreciate the links :thumbup: I relised they were wood eaters but i didn,t know how important it was . I,ve got four as the dealer picked what we thought were two pairs and they have some co co nut caves covered in java moss i have made ( ya me 8) ) The wood i have in...
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    Plants , bogwood , java moss and plecs..

    I seem to have sorted it , its 90 % better this morning :thumbup: Even though i had only cleaned the external filter a few days earlier it was filthy with brown stained water and fines . The new additions must have rasped away all the softer outer wood as i thought and over loaded the filter...
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    How to acclimatise new otocinclus

    My 2 pence worth .. :D I,ve got 6 ottos and 15 RCS , i didn,t even float the bag , i just poped them straight in and they started rasping on the algae covered wood straight away and 4 weeks later they are still here and looking fatter :thumbup: One of the shrimps went on the floor straight...
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    Plants , bogwood , java moss and plecs..

    Hi All My tank is a fluval roma 240 ltr . I,ve planted it with vallis at the rear , swords mid ground and some java moss tied to the wood and some on stones in the foreground . Its a low tec job with just some root tabs for the swords and its really doing well . Stock is 40 odd...
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi Thanks :D
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi Can i just ask what "Bod "is please :?: Thanks
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    Journal My new pond

    It looks Fantastic ..5500 gallons , wow :thumbup: Thats double the size of mine .
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi Hi Nat i started this post with the misconception which originates from non-planted aquarium keeping, I now believe. So, really the effect of PH falling and bicarbonates depleted are very-very different in a non-planted and planted...
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi Thanks for the inputt guys , i find it very interesting . Just another point , its only the koi keepers with ultra soft water like up in scotland and Cheshire to name two areas that have to buffer there kh , in hard water areas its...
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi You have lost me with the above ..lol.. :D My close call....it wasn,t in a tropical tank , i,ve never had to buffer water in my tropical tanks but i always do regular water changes which puts back in kh . Ok ....My ph dropped to...
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    Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosing?

    Re: Potassium Bicarbonate and Potassium Phosphate = overdosi Hi mate Ph crashes are very real in areas of soft water with koi pond owners, although i have never come across this keeping tropicals due to regular water changes i have had a few near miss,s on my koi pond . Due to the heavy...
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    New floating plant

    I was thinking of useing duckweed myself as i have access to somr free stuff :)
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    Fert doseing and shrimps

    Ahhh...i see :D Thanks mate i will take a look :thumbup:
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    Fert doseing and shrimps

    The shrimps i have are RCS . Whats EI please ? Cheers
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    New floating plant

    Wouldn,t water lettuce be pretty easy to thin out ? I was thinking of adding some to mine , surely its just a case of cutting any runners off you don,t want at each water change or does it grow that rapid ?
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    Fert doseing and shrimps

    Is this possible and if so which brand ?
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    how much light please .

    Hi all My tank is what you guys call low tech , vallis at the back ,amazon swords centre and xmas / java moss . Its been up and running for 6 weeks with good plant growth and seems to be ticking over nicely .. I have the lights on 8 am to 11.00 pm which i understand is considered way to much...
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    community tank question...

    Thanks again , i understand the life cycle of whitespot and that you can heat to high temps to distroy the tomite stage and break the cycle , but i thought RCS would not like this high temp ? I,m a shrimp Newbie :oops:
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    community tank question...

    Thanks mate , i,ve got plenty of malachite green crystls so thats that covered :D
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    community tank question...

    Hi all I,m going to keep RCS and neons , corys , and other small tetras aswell as a few small plecs , the info i,ve gained up to now suggests that most peeps don,t have a problem with the mix . My main question is , how and what would you treat a white spot / other parisite out break with if...
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    Bristlenose plecs with red cherry shrimps ?

    I thought so from what i have read but some say not so i,m just checking . Thanks :D
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    Bristlenose plecs with red cherry shrimps ?

    Are the above ok with red cherry shrimp ? Ta
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    Inexpensive Black Sand?

    I,ve useing the unipac black sand , its not jet black but more of a dark grey but looks the dogs . I used it years ago aswell and it kept its colour and i find it easy to clean .
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