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Re: your aquarium page

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From: Shannon Wheeler <swheeler at tnc_ab.ca>
Date: July 6, 1999 9:19 AM

>So maybe it's [beard algae problem] just the high light (3W/g), fertilile
substrate, tanks that
>have the problem? I think I'm going to try some bigger snails (mystery
>snails) in those tanks. The small ramshorn and similar can't survive the
>dojo and yoyo loaches. The MTS seem to do OK.

replying to my own post ;-)

I've been thinking all along that the beard algae was mostly because of high
light, plenty of most nutrients, but insufficient CO2 (I've been lazy when
it comes time to redo the yeast/sugar). I've never really thought much about
the photo-period.

Now, all of a sudden, I'm thinking that having the lights on 15h per day is
probably not that good of an idea (duh). Any opinions on what I should go
to? 12h? 10? 8?
My 10g in my office has 30W but the only beard algae there came in on a
plant move from the 10g at home. It's been there a long time but it doesn't
grow (or die) (then again, neither do the plants). This tank gets 8.5h of
light per day but only on weekdays (no timer).
'Course, there's many other differences with that tank as well...
Fish don't get fed on weekends, gravel instead of sand, un-softened water,
and not the best atmosphere (welding shop - dust, smoke, metals - I keep
expecting to see tumors on the fish). There's also no snail eating loaches
(only 1 horse-faced loach) so there's usually 1/2 dozen visible snails (I
pick them out to treat the loaches at home). If I look closely I can usually
count about 10 to 20 MTS at any given time as well (without moving gravel
about). I have no idea how many are in the tanks at home because they seem
to stay hidden better with the sand substrate.