Tank Setup Advice Needed

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    Keeganjvv

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    Thanks a mil. How ofter should I dose Flourish to start with?

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    Tank looks very good. Love the placement and look of the wood.

    Dose flourish as instructed on the lable. No need to do higher doses as that will just lead to algae problems later.

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    Flourish is mainly micronutrients, so overdosing won't cause inherent algae spikes. Just go by label and smooth sailing :)
     
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    Dosing daily seems like a really expensive exercise though.

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    Somewhere you need to slow down ... plants and fish take time to adapt to every change you make. If you are going with commercial fetz and other products then try and stick to the same brand. That way you can read the single source of truth, i.e. the supplier on what can work with what and how much you need.

    Nothing in your tanks seems like a supper fast grower ... so adapt your expectations to the plants abilities. This might also mean that the fertz requirement of the plants are way less than what the label says.

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    It is the advance... Please tell me I didnt just waste my money. Whats the difference?

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    I only have Java Fern, Java Moss, Amazon sword, Anubias (not sure of the variant), dwarf hair grass and some other form of grass which name I dont remember

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    Correct .. and the dwarf hair grass will probably not make it .. it is just that type of plant, for some it works well most - well I blame the cultivation process.

    As for the rest in your tank .. give them some time to adapt to the tank - at the best of times be pleased with a leaf maybe every 3 weeks. Most of all - you have a low maintenance tank, so focus on that - nothing in your tank will need weekly trims. A small WC every week sure - but BIG fertz .. hmmm I am not convinced. So start slowly.

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    Thanks Ferdi.

    I am very new to this, so all help is appreciated. I have spaced out quite a few of those Ferrotabs around the hairgrass, the Sword and the Anubias.

    Also from what I've read (just now) is that the Flourish Advance helps with the roots and stems. Really hoping it will stick and pull through.

    I dont mind planting more to fill up, but I am hoping to get a bit of growth lengtwise from the Amazon and Anubias to get better background coverage.

    Thanks again for everyone's input. It is really appreciated.

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    Any ideas of what this is thats growing in the plants?

    Pics were taken before removing pots2c89cad170321a604ebf000ccb7d3713.jpg1280c58c5690a9032473784cd405a8e3.jpg00ea16611ffd9253228607d7b9775d72.jpg

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    If it is not dead algae then probably a fungus of sorts. if the later then it might be a waiting game if you keep the WC's up and brush this stuff of the plants before the WC. I will not want to try and treat this chemically without a clear idea of why it is in the tank in the first place.

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    You were right about the hair grass... All of them died...

    Thanks to Purigen the water is chrystal clear but that algae/fungus has overtaken my wood completely.

    Tomorrow is clean up day! Do I take out the wood and brush it with a toothbrush or what do I do?

    I just dont want my fish to be too stressed when I take out their hiding spots.

    BTW, I have added Kuhlis again.... Not one dead! Yippee! Also added 3 GBR's and a school of Cardinals, majority have not made it... I think this might have been stress related or I am suspecting either the glass fish or the Yoyo's have torn into them...
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    Would also like to add some more substrate during cleaning etc tomorrow. Would it be possible to do so whilst I take out the wood?



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    2 Days after water chamge and scrubbing the algae/fungus off the driftwood. Also added some more sand daef001f93aced701f0d75a915e925fa.jpg

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    So the algae and the biofilm returned. Decided im going to add some Siamese Algae eaters. They are doing an awesome job! Anyone have experience with the amount they poop? There is an excessive amount of poop all over since they have been in. Is this because they have such an abundance of food and will it ever lessen? I cleaned the sand this morning and this is what it looks like now. Thinking of adding more current so the filters will pick it uo better. But that is an exxessive amount of waste4c37e7e6a97f3dce6db6012588551dfd.jpg

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    @Keeganjvv last i had siamese algae eater was probably 20 years ago but i dont remember having that much poop...

    Is it not maybe a combination of poop and all the stuff coming loose from the wood?
    I would take that piece of wood out, give it a good scrub and then put it back
    Then they can control any future growth as it comes and not have to cope with everything that is there now... just a thought

    Extra current always helps lift the dirt which will help
     
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    Where did you get the wood from? It might be inappropriate for submersion or too green. I tried Rooikrans from a packet of braai wood with similar results before.
     
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    Its actually grapevine. It does not seem to be the wood. There was an excessive amount of algae and I think the alhae eaters just pigged out. The algae is almost completely gone. Will monitor it a bit once the food source dies down. Chamged the canister output to increase the flow. Holding thumbs

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