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[APD] extra plants - ALGAE ALGAE ALGAE
I've recently downgraded a 55 gallon to a 29 gallon tank. The 55 was
constantly over-run with algae, since I brought in some local plants from a
lake. Finally, gave up, the weekly tear down and clean up was too much.
Couldn't bring myself to part with my fish, so I went down to a 29 gallon. I
have 80 watts (AH Supply) over 55 gallons. I tried moving my plants (cleaned
up) in there, bleached the driftwood, and set up -- totally clean. Looked
beautiful. A few days away, returned to a green mass of bright green. I went
to a LFS and bought up pots of plants--mostly stemmed, some rooted. Same
thing happened. At this point, I'm losing my plants, and down to a few
sprigs only. I'm at the point of 1) giving up and adopting out the fish 2)
going to the LFS and investing in a massiver amount of plant matter (they
look better than the stuff you might wind up with online, which will only
contribute to mush--aka plant food) or 3) redoing the hood (wooden canopy
hand-made and wired with AH Lighting) to make it low-light, sparse plants.
I thought I'd check here first. I know when I was heavily into plants (esp.
w/ co2) I had to throw out pounds of good re-plants on cleaning day. I
thought, rather than go to the LFS, perhaps if it's cleaning day, someone
might have a large amount of plants (obviously I'd pay) ... but I don't want
to take my chance with internet ordering. AZ gardens is great with quantity
and price, but it could be mush. At this point i need quantity, or I'll wind
up with green again (not green water, btw). Plus, I did major clean up
yesterday. Very clean tank, but nothing to put in there, so the algae will
return in short order.
By my experience, this particular tank can do okay without CO2, provided
there is high enough plant material.
Please respond to my personal e-mail. TIA!
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