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  1. Default New here with my 55g and questions

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    Hey everyone. New here, new to plants, not new to Aquariums!

    I've had fish ever since I was small and have loved them ever since. My wife and I just bought our first home. I have my 55g set up and running. She just bought a 29g for a saltwater and gave me her new unopened 20g! I'll be fixing it up soon.

    Stock is as follows :
    4 juvenile angels
    6 Angelicus loaches
    5 julii Cory cats
    22 neon tetras
    1 German blue ram.

    Plants are wisteria, Amazon sword, Java fern, Java Moss, and cabomba.

    Have 2 penguin bio wheel 350 filters, and a Coralife CFL 130 Watt 10,000k light. It's on a timer from 5 am to 9 am, and 5 pm to 10 PM.

    For ferts I use Tetra flora pride, Flourish excel, Flourish comprehensive, and root tabs.

    Mainly Im looking to help my plants. They're getting quite a bit of brown algae on them and some of the leaves are folding at the end. I'm getting otos today to help, but is there anything I can do to help? Not looking to do Co2 other than excel.

    Any comments welcome!

    Last edited by aparker2005; 07-14-2014 at 05:42 PM.

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    Full tank. Any scaping ideas? uploadfromtaptalk1405359778420.jpg

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    Hello and welcome! The brown stuff looks to be diatoms. This is standard in a newly set up tank and should dissipate on it's own. Other than the cabomba, your plants are hardy and do better in lower light. As it stands you have some pretty strong light. Over 2 watts per gallon. Your lighting schedule is interesting. I assume it built around when you are home to view it? Not a bad schedule, and one that helps reduce algae from popping up. Another thing to point out. The java fern. How is it planted? It looks like you have it in the substrate possibly? Or is it attached to that rock? It shouldn't be planted if it is and should be tied off to that rock instead.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Great looking plants... KevinVa has a great chemical he uses to control algae... maybe he will see this and comment?
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Yeah I work 6 am to 430 Monday through Thursday so this schedule let's me see the tank.

    Java fern is attached to the tree root. Not planted. That and my wisteria have the most growth.

    My wisteria and cabomba have roots shooting out everywhere. I assume this is good?

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    you should try to replace the bulb with one closer to 6500K

    And you could use metricide 14 as a CO2 supplement to help the plants as well

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    Growth is always good however something I would note:

    Coralife CFL 130 Watt 10,000k light + 10hrs of exposure = diatom/algae problems...

    6500k is the closest you can get to sunlight and is the best for plants. 10k is actinic and used for salt water. A simple $10-$15 change in bulbs may be the thing you need to help you drasticly. Also I would cut the morning photoperiod and get closer to an 8hr photoperiod exposure on the plants.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Well for my fixture at the time (last month) the only bulbs they had to fit were the 10k or the 50/50. I'm on a budget since we just bought our new house. Is the 10k a big problem?

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    My fixture uses the 4 straight pins and it was hard to find some cfls to actually fit my fixture. It has the 2 21" tubes.

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    im not a algae expert but i can say this if you do have a algae problem you can try nerite snails amano shrimp and siamese algae eaters

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