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Re: [APD] extra plants - ALGAE ALGAE ALGAE

You didn't tell us enough about your aquarium.  Were  you using CO2?  
DIY or pressurized?  Were you fertilizing, using Excel?  Fertilizing 
with what?

Vaughn H.

On Friday, January 20, 2006, at 10:43 AM, S K wrote:

> Hi there,
> 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!
> Sylvia
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