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    Thanks Slap, my wife always keeps them in stock, lol.

    Angelcraze, the 2 weeks ago this Sunday I broke the tank down, taking every bit of rock out and scrubbing them under hot tap water.

    I think my main problem may rest in the fact that I haven't cleaned my canister filter in awhile. The last time it was cleaned was around Dec 1st. I just increased the white light time by 1hr. This Sunday is a scheduled W/C so I'll complete the other suggestions then.

    Thanks again gang. Fingers crossed that I can get this under control. I don't feel like taking the rocks out every 2 weeks to scrub them.
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    I don't know a lot about lighting, but do you truly run your light for 14.5 hours? Now increased by an additional hour? Forgive me if I've gotten something confused. But that seems like a whole lot of light time, to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    I don't know a lot about lighting, but do you truly run your light for 14.5 hours? Now increased by an additional hour? Forgive me if I've gotten something confused. But that seems like a whole lot of light time, to me.
    I do, but the whites were only on for 6.5hrs (now 7.5). The blues (Actenics) were on the other 8hrs for viewing. Right now the Actenics turn on at 9:30am, whites turn on at 10am and off at 6pm, and the Actenics turn off at 12am (midnight).

    Do Actenics feed algae? I didn't think they did but I could be wrong. I haven't had any issues with algae, just diatoms.
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    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
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    Ok, here's an update, or lack thereof.......

    It's been over 2 weeks since I began taking all of the advice given in this thread (i.e. increased white light duration, vacuuming while scrubbing the diatoms off, etc.) and I've seen no noticeable decrease in the outbreak. I do weekly w/c's at 50% and Nitrates are always 15ppm before the change. I'm at a loss as to what the next step is. I can only assume that my tap water is the culprit and putting silicates in the tank, which I know you cannot get rid of it totally but geez, I can't go a week without this stuff coming back!

    I'm looking at buying some Phosguard or Phos-Zorb to install in my canister filter, but I've also read that without a reactor the stuff is not that great as the outside of the bag is only used and not the center of the material. Does anyone have experience with using either of these, or for that matter any other advice?

    Thanks!
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
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    So....after seeing the other post the phosoguard will likely help since theres no plant's to remove silicates and phosphates. What type of pleco is in the tank?

    I'm also not to convinced with those nice large rocks and maybe some more you could plant in between them or have a piece of drift wood with anubias or java attached to it and the rocks placed over it or even use stainless steel screw and attatch the wood to a flat slate and bury that in the substrate just a few ideas to play around with maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmazonJoe View Post
    So....after seeing the other post the phosoguard will likely help since theres no plant's to remove silicates and phosphates. What type of pleco is in the tank?

    I'm also not to convinced with those nice large rocks and maybe some more you could plant in between them or have a piece of drift wood with anubias or java attached to it and the rocks placed over it or even use stainless steel screw and attatch the wood to a flat slate and bury that in the substrate just a few ideas to play around with maybe.
    Do you think my Africans would do well with plants? I've had fake plants in there and got tired of having to reseat them. Although the main 2 culprits are gone now. The Pleco is a common and is about 18" long now. I've been contemplating on trading him in for a BN or Clown pleco but my wife and kids are fighting me on it. My 100gal is deeper than normal (26") and is only 4ft long, thus I'm not sure how plants will do with my current lighting (Beamswork 6500k). Thoughts?
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
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    What's the measurement front to back?...18"?...sounds like it may be a 110G
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    What's the measurement front to back?...18"?...sounds like it may be a 110G
    It is 18" front to back......dimemsions are 48x18x26
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
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    Well I think burying the plants deep and trying to secure them maybe the hardest part is just going to be the cichlids digging them out so place rocks around the plants to potentially minimize that a plant that I think right away that is very easy and undemanding is wisteria.

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