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My First Mistake
I made my first mistake, of many to come I am sure, with my new planted tank.
I got the shipment of plants and driftwood, got everything in there nice. Everything
seemed to be working well -- CO2, lighting, etc. Then, I put some fertilizer in the tank
-- Jobe's plant spikes as recommended by Chuck. The only problem was that I put WAY too
many of them and now I have a huge hair algae bloom. I went out and got 5 otos to attack
the algae and did a water change to try and dilute the fertilizer and siphon out the
Is there a rule of thumb to use when putting those fertilizer spikes in? I put in what I
thought was a reasonable amount but apparently that was too much.
The plants are looking good -- several of them are sending off shootings including the
bananas. The amazon sword is looking a little stressed though.
John Pflum, Jr.
PKG Consultants, Inc.
5533 Fair Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Email: jpflumjr at pkgconsult_com