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Re: Anubias, Algae...


> You give some set-up info but you say nothing about how long your lights
> are on, what you fertilize with and how often you do water changes. What
> kind of test kit are you using to test hardness? 200 ppm KH or GH? This
> seems very high especially as you are adding CO2. How are you adding the CO2?

I apologize for being so vague. The lights are on for 12 hours a day. I
fertilize with a mineral fertilizer containing Potassium Sulphate,
Magnesium Sulphate, and Potassium Nitrate, as well as a trace element
fertilizer every water change (about 5 gallon water changes every 2
weeks). I also add calcium carbonate but I may have added too much. My
tap water, measured by my test kit, is less than 10 ppm.

I use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals' Freshwater Water Hardness Test Kit that
only gives instructions for converting to DH (11 DH in my case). I use
DIY CO2 injected into a cannister filter. I am only getting about 1
bubble every ten seconds with my current mixture (its old) but the
plants are still making oxygen bubbles.


> Jesse Mathies wrote...
> >I have a planted tank which has been set up for about a month and a
> >half, and am having a few problems.
> >
> >First of all, thread-like algae is growing everywhere. Anubias leaves
> >are covered in it, as well as crypts. The algae is also growing on the
> >glass surfaces, the thermometer, and the gravel. I have three small (2")
> >SAE's, six small (1.5") rosy barbs, 3 otos and some ghost shrimp in the
> >tank to combat the algae. What else can I do to help rid myself of this
> >algae?
> Add some nutrients?

In the short time since I posted about my algae problem, the Rosy Barbs
and SAE's have eaten much of it. They barely touched the stuff before
yesterday but seemed to have developed a taste for it.
> >Also, some of the leaves of my Ceratopteris are turning brown on the
> >edges and getting black spots.
> They may be burning.

Leaves burn underwater?
> >Finally, the leaves of my Anubias aren't a uniform green like when I
> >first had them, or like the Anubias I see pictured n various books. They
> >are turing yellowish, especially along the edges of the leaves. New
> >growth looks the same as the older leaves. TIA!

> You are most likely short of five or six nutrients. Otherwise
> you have a perfect setup. How do you manage to get 200 ppm
> hardness in Surrey water?
> - --
> Dave Whittaker
> ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.ca

I added calcium carbonate to get such high hardness. Perhaps I added too
Jesse Mathies
Surrey, British Columbia
mailto:jessem at direct_ca