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Starting up fertilization again
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Starting up fertilization again
- From: Mike Charlton <mike at rook_dyndns.org>
- Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 14:54:50 +0000
- In-Reply-To: <199912150848.DAA22590 at actwin_com>; from Aquatic-Plants-Owner at ActWin_com on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 03:48:02AM -0500
- References: <199912150848.DAA22590 at actwin_com>
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Well, I've been having a bit of a hard time recently with my tank.
However, instead of a huge sob story, I'll just give this synopsis.
*Lot's* of algea. Tried PMDD, started to have some success. Filter failed.
Got it working again, only to have a HUGE bacterial bloom and a terrible
smell of hydrogen sulphide. Fixed filter (added a backup as well),
did 2 30% water changes a day for a week. Bacterial bloom killed
*all* of the algea (and some of my fish :-().
So now my tank has been crystal clear for about a week. The fish seem
happy. There is virtually no algea in the tank. I would like to keep it
that way, but I know that the algea is likely to return if I don't get
back to my PMDD.
The question is: how should I start? I have stopped injecting CO2 for
the moment. Should I start it first, or should I start with the PMDD?
In the past I have had problems with nitrate being limited. Should I
get my nitrates up to 5 ppm first and then start adding the other
fertilizers, or should I do it all at once? Or perhaps I should leave
well enough alone for a few weeks (only, I'm starting to notice pelt
algea reappearing on my swords).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.