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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #305
Mr Alan Kaufman solved his over stocked tank issue to some degree by adding
a plant filter to his tank. Essentially a wet dry filter with a plant added
instead of so much media so that the roots are 1/2 in and 1/2 out of the
water. I have used this method for many years on higher stocked tanks. It
does a very job at removal of nutrients. You need a 135gallon for the fish
load you have BTW. You'll be fighting a lot with algae and the tank until
you do something about it. You can add the plant filter but it will/may not
solve all of your problems. A plant filter is about 5 x more efficient than
submersed plants. Best thing would be to get a bigger tank! Could you suffer
through that idea? A nice 135 gallon? You could add erythromycin to kill the
BGA/CB but something else will come in it's place likely but maybe not if
the plants are growing really fast with lots of light. Sometimes you can get
away with it.
>OK..... So I have too many fish in my 55G plant tank.
>Using Flourite, 55G tanks, Dave Gomberg CO2, AHsupply 2x55WCPF@5K,
>2x40W@Daylight, photoperiod 12 hours, TMG (1 ML/day, timed).
>4 Discus (1yr old), 4 SAE, 30 Cardinals, 30 Rummy Nose, 4 OTO
>NitrAtes are very high, +40ppm (Lamotte) and BGA is proliferating and
>Lots (and lots) of plants!
>5 Swords, Corkscrew (forest), Red Telenthera (a forest!), Wisteria, r.
>Indica everywhere, Abula, Zostrifolia, riccia, chain swords, dwarf sag
>(flowering, btw), pygmy sword, Java Fern, Milfoil, R. Wallichi, T.
>Short of getting rid of some of the fish (the schooling is great!) or
>changing water on a daily basis, any thoughts on how to get the nitrates
>lower to stop the BGA from covering everything?
>I also have a zero reading form LaMotte on Orthophosphate, but the cheap
>"Dr. Wellfish" kit shows significant PO4.
>Looking for some answers,
>- - Jeff