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Re: Cryptic Advice
Wow! Thanks for all the advice!
A few more details. Most of the crypts in the tank are at least a year old.
I try not to disturb them too much, but in the 29 my ancistrus ("Big Sucky")
regularly crushes one stand of them on his way to the algae tabs. I know why
those aren't growing! The tanks all have different substrates: 100% (ugly
large black) gravel in the 29 low-light, Flourish Excel enhanced tank; 50/50
gravel-flourite in the 72 220W compressed gas CO2 tank, and 100% flourite in
the 10 gallon, 30W, Flourish Excel enhanced tank. I add iron and phosphate
to the 72 gallon tank.
The 75% water changes in the 72 are because it just seems to take that much
to get things cleaned up, and also Tom Barr is a big fan of big water
One suggestion which came off-list was water temperature. The temps in all
the tanks are an the high side of normal, ranging from 76-82 degrees, for no
real reason. OK, in the 10 gallon, it's because of the lights. I am planning
to bring the temps down to more like 72 and see if that helps. I will also
try smaller water changes, more like 50%.
I'll report back.
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