My 430 liter Update

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    @NeilB Thanx for the advice.

    I will def. try it.

    @FishyPanda I will definitely appreciate it if you have some for me!

    @shihr , @Slagter , @Ivan Any advice on the green algae and how to overcome the problem?
     
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    Ottos, Bristlenose Ancistrus, or increase the frequency of your water changes.

    Where did you get the rock? Was it boiled before you put it in the tank? Sometimes it could be the rock that has leached nutrient.

    Otherwise, yes, increase the frequency of water changes. That should take care of the algae.
     
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    Thanx man!

    I got the rock from a place near harties.... did wash it, but did not boil it.....

    I will then do some water changes.....

    I need ottos!! but they are so expensive!!!! and for such a large tank I need at least 10!
     
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    For a tank that size you'll need about 30.
     
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    Ouch!!!!!

    At a price of R65 each.... that is alot!!!!
     
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    Green algae? Scape Liquid carbon.. we stock it:
    http://www.betterweather.co.za/shop/home/103-scape-liquid-carbon.html

    sorry doing a little marketing here but it really does work! use a syringe and spray on affected areas while filters are off.. then wait a few mins before you switch it on again (do this daily). when its gone, continue to use SLQ (Scape liquid carbon) daily to prevent future outbreaks
     
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    Must say...it did a nice job on some BBA I got in my main tank, decided to stop using it for a month or so now while I wait for my Otos to F&$%^#ng start doing something :angryfire:
     
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    ha ha!!! Nice!!!

    Ok thanx @shihr !

    I will purchase some at the end of the month.... my budget looks really bad this month.

    Will excel do?

    I still have some 500ml or so left? or will Scape do best?
     
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    Excel and Scape is basically the same (same main ingredient)...Scape is just more concentrated
     
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    Ok cool Thanx @JAX !

    Will Definitely try....
     
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    The new scape looks amazing. Keep us updated.....
     
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    Hey My follow Peeps!!

    Time for an update.

    Well, the tank is doing ok... Plants are getting along, had some problem with the inline CO2 atomizer laeking some CO2, but finally managed to repair it.

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    I just got struck with some serious GDA!!!

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    I did a 50% water change.... didn't do much.....

    I also did the excel dosing directly on the algae: I used 40ml excel, diluted it to 100ml.... dosed the rocks. It worked, but suddenly i do not see any of my shrimps any more.... so I'm a bit worried at the moment about that.

    I also increased my CO2 and ferts for this week.... I will see at the end of the week if there are any changes....

    Any advice for getting rid / preventing GDA on the rocks? The glass is fairly easy.... it is the hardscape that is the difficult part....

    Have a blessed week!!!

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    Hey All!!! Time for an Update..... as promised......

    It seems that the tank is finally stable..... the algae growth seems to have subsided, the plants seems to be settling in and the livestock seems to be very happy! Thanx @JAX, @HC and @GDT78. It is difficult to take some photos of the livestock.... but here are some pics of the tank and what it looks like at the moment.

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    Thanx all for the help and guidance. I truly appreciate it....

    At the moment, the only plant that does not seems to be very happy in the tank is the blyxia.... Still struggling to find out why......??

    I also decided to show some pics of my emmersed growth plants.... and here they are @JAX, @NeilB, @Ryno:

    I need to identify some of the plants.... so feel free to leave some comments PLEASE??!!

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    Have a BLESSED Day!!!

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    Awesome tank and nice plants too
     
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    Matches won't grow emmersed.
     
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    Not even with ADA ferts???
     
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    Think it was just new tank syndrome (the GDA outbreak).

    Plant ID:
    1. Sphaerocaryum malaccense (the bamboo looking one) and Hygrophilia Pinnatifida (the one on the middle)
    2. Looks like bacopa monnieri
    3. tough one, could be hygrophila polysperma (mine turned purple like that) or maybe ludwigia glandulosa?
    4. looks like a rotala species
    5. Staurogyne repens
    6. Hairgrass... not sure if dwarf or not
    7. The carpeting one is glosso (not sure about the others)
    8. The grass looks like lileaopsis brasiliensis or lileaopsis novae-zelandiae not sure about the stem plant

    @shihr? @Dewald?
     
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    ha ha!!! @Slagter I thought I would be able to grow some.... it does contain carbon.... LOL!!!

    Thanx for the comments everyone, I truly appreciate it.

    @Linxie The GDA that was in the tank was there for 3 months.... couldn't get rid of it... and even if I scrubbed it off... it turned back within 3 days... looking the same....

    Also, Thank you for the ID's.... I will definitely use it to sort out the plants for future use....
     
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    Aah ok yeah don't think it would have lasted that long if it was NTS.

    You're welcome, hope the others can verify what I've identified and provide ID's for those I couldn't :)
     
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    i cant see the pics at work.. photobucket etc is blocked :( i can see APSA pics though :p

    check the plants later if no one can confirm the IDs
     
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