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    Thanks for the gift! I bow to your experience so i wanted to be sure that i did not give the OP wrong info. - Silbar   Tx for all the help for me and everyone else! - angelcraze2   Rocksor knows cichlids! - Brhino   Can''t give rep points, but great job on the diagnosis/treatment - Boundava   Sending you a geophagus to  tank you for your analytical powers! - discusluv   

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    You are infusing the tank with a high population of heterotrophic bacteria that will consume organics really fast and reduce the feeding of the cyanobacteria, essentially starving it out. Right now, your dirted tank is in "harmony", meaning it can't produce enough heterotrphic bacteria to compete with the cyanobacteria for food. That is why you are adding the SeptoBac.
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    That's what I said to the ppl who brought the subject up. I mean, that's my understanding of how it works as well. Thanks Rocksor!

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    How are not more ppl using them? Seems like an aquarium medical breakthrough to me!

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    It's been around since the 1990's. The problem is that stuff that is bought for fish is not handled properly by vendors, so when people buy it and it doesn't work, they think it is a bogus product.

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    Well, my attention was just brought to it (thanks) and my understanding is that one won't see a difference, especially right away. We are talking about microorganisms. I'm testing it anyway for myself with good hopes!

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    So for an update.
    I've been trying hard to keep up with pruning and removing any plants that are not growing well. I also remove any cyanobacteria when I find it. I also realized that cyanobacteria was caught in the substrate, below the substrate line in the very front against the glass. I guess there is enough light there to keep it thriving. It was reddish brown in colour, so I'm not sure if it was thriving afterall. But I removed it by digging it up with planting tweezers and immediately sucking it up with my syphon. The tank looked much cleaner after that! I've also been trying to remove as much BBA infested gravel as I can. I also poked the substrate throughly, releasing any trapped anaerobic bacteria bubbles and added a few root tabs especially near swords and crypts. The cave is still crumbelling, at least the cave opening, I think it's pointless to try to plant on top of it, my BN plecos and babies are making new doors for themselves.

    Probiotic Test:
    I've been using 1 tablespoon of SeptoBac weekly for the last month. I still consider this to be stage one.

    Things I've noted so far:
    -The fish and inverts are doing great. Although, I don't really notice any difference here.
    -The BBA continues to slowly eradicate, or really seems to be doing better, but still present, especially on the Mopani driftwood.
    -My filter was hardly dirty, but it was clean before I started dosing probiotics.
    -The cyanobacteria is almost gone (touch wood)
    I only see it on the tips of two rotala stems. There is a definite decrease in cyanobacteria, although still present.
    -I think the plants are actually doing better too!

    I'll post a pic soon!
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    Glad to hear that the tank is doing better!



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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    Glad to hear that the tank is doing better!
    Thanks very much!

    I'm probably going to end up revamping this tank soon, but for now, I'm still testing things. I don't think I'm a fan of using deep dirt beds. Some of the hills at the back/sides are 8" deep. I think it's causing me too much trouble with anaerobic bacteria and it's very difficult to keep that much dirt and gravel aerated. Next time around, I'm going with a 1-2" dirt layer. I don't find the extra dirt does anything for heavy root feeding plants, it only causes compaction issues. That is my experience.

    But here's an update pic, the angels are growing and growing and I have at least one new pair! My favorite platinum offspring (female) and a gorgeous gold marble glitter male. I will be keeping these two for sure, but I'll have to sell some others to make more space again.

    I think the BN plecos have another batch of babies too, I'll have to look for babies at night again! I love this!
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    Btw, I'm slowly transitioning this tank to include some African plants. One day this tank will be my West African community tank, but for now, it's a growout/pairing angelfish and breeding BN tank!


    I'm totally new to African water plants. I have a crinum calasmistratum already and added an aponogeton ulvaceus (already grown). The plant was stupid expensive and it's leaves incredibly fragile. The bulb part reaked like rotten soil or sulfur. Does anyone know how to plant one of these plants already grown? I shoved the bulb in the gravel, but didn't cover it. There were no roots coming from the bulb. Just a stinky bulb with stems growing from it.
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    Ah well, the large leaves from the aponogeton ulvaceus have melted. The new leaves are torn and spindly.

    No one has any advice?
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