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06-14-2012, 12:51 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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I recently planted my tank with a T5HO and.....
I planted them almost a month ago and regularly have the light on 12/12. I do have algae growing in the tank with 4 potted plants and a few leafy ones. I don't exactly know the names of the plants, but take a look at the pictures(the ones with algae growing on them are fake.).
They look as if they're not doing so well though.. Should I be giving them a certain fertilizer? or should i equip the tank with a co2 setup? I"m kinda new to the whole planted aquarium thing, and any help or tips are highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
06-14-2012, 01:09 AM #2
Cut back the light to 8 hours a day to combat the algae. I use flourish root tabs to feed my rooted plants (just insert a couple an inch from the plant), I use Flourish excel to feed my java fern which is tied to slate. Cutting back the light will reduce the algae.
Other option is getting something to eat the algae if there is room in the tank for it, like a small rubber lipped bulldog pleco.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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06-14-2012, 01:22 AM #3
Just FYI, the fish you have in there are notorious plant shredders. Try offering them fresh zucchini every day and it may help your plants survive longer.Originally Posted by i_am_511
06-14-2012, 01:38 PM #4Junior Member Guppy
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I haven't really see them shredding the plants really. And i'll try cutting light back.
It's a 55gallon tank and I think it's almost about maximum capacity, if i were to get a pleco it would have to be a smaller sized one, and one that does well when alone. Any suggestion would be great.
I'll introduce some plant food, as you said too. It seems the plants have this brownish tint on the leaves also. Any ideas what this could be??
06-14-2012, 01:54 PM #5
You have got to get in that tank and get rid of all that black beard algae. Fake decorations, rocks, etc, can go in a bleach solution. Even the wood can for a short time. A brief couple of minutes will not soak into the wood but I would get that stuff cleaned off everything and then use a wire brush on the wood. Don't throw the bleach to it now. It only needs to be a mild solution and then soak in dechlorinatored water and double dose the tank when replaced.
On the real plants, cut it all off. The spores will get all over in the tank and you'll have a worse mess than you do now. Have you checked the nitrates and phosphates levels? Cutting back the lights to 8 hours a day is good.
Vegatation is the prime food source in Silver Dollars. It's required in their diet and they will eat everything, that I know of, other than java fern, onion plants and crypts. But once you mannually remove as much of the algae as you can, I would start dosing the tank with Excel........only the recommended amount......to kill whatever algae is left.
You may go thru a lot of work to fight this algae only to have the SD eat the plants anyway.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 06-14-2012 at 01:59 PM.